A head of broccoli

Broccoli Facts

  • Name: Broccoli
  • Type of Food: Vegetable
  • Produced From: Plants in the genus Brassica
  • Total Calories: 31 (one cup, 91 grams)
  • Total Fat: Negligible (one cup, 91 grams)
  • Total Protein: 3 grams (one cup, 91 grams)
  • Total Carbohydrates: 6 grams (one cup, 91 grams)

25 Broccoli Facts for Kids

  1. Broccoli is a vegetable and is a member of the cabbage family (family Brassicaceae, genus Brassica).
  2. Broccoli is grown in the ground and the flowering head and stalk are eaten by humans.
  3. Broccoli is commonly green, but some variants are white or have a purple tint.
  4. There are three types of broccoli commonly grown for consumption, they are Calabrese broccoli, sprouting broccoli and purple cauliflower.
  5. There are other types of broccoli grown for consumption, like Belstar, Blue Wind, Coronado Crown, Destiny, DiCicco, Green Goliath, Green Magic, Purple Sprouting, Romanesco, Sun King and Waltham 29.
  6. According to FAOSTAT, the worldwide production of broccoli and cauliflower exceeded 28 million tons in 2017.
  7. According to FAOSTAT, the world's largest producer of broccoli and cauliflower in 2017 was China, they produced over 11 million tons.
  8. Based on the data from FAOSTAT, China produced 39% of the world’s supply of broccoli and cauliflower in 2017.
  9. According to FAOSTAT, the United States produced over 1.4 million tons of broccoli and cauliflower in 2017.
  10. Estimates claim that around 90% of the 1.4 million tons of the broccoli and cauliflower produced in the United States comes from California.
  11. A raw crown and stalk of broccoli is made up of 89% water, 7% carbohydrates, 3% protein and negligible fats.
  12. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains 31 calories
  13. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains negligible amounts of fats.
  14. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains no cholesterol.
  15. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains 30 milligrams of sodium.
  16. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains 6 grams of carbohydrates.
  17. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains 2 grams of dietary fiber.
  18. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains 2 grams of sugar.
  19. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains 3 grams of protein.
  20. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains 43 milligrams of calcium.
  21. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains 1 milligram of iron.
  22. One cup of chopped broccoli (91 grams) contains 287 milligrams of potassium.
  23. Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and vitamin K (fat-soluble vitamins).
  24. Broccoli can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled or fried.
  25. According to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest broccoli on record weighed 35 pounds. This record was set by John and Mary Evans in 1993 in the United States of America.

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