Known as a super food, broccoli is packed with nutrients. As well as vitamin C, folate and fibre, it provides beta-carotene and phyto-chemicals said to fight many chronic diseases.
Storage: Broccoli should be stored in a plastic bag in the fridge. One school of thought says broccoli, along with other leafy greens, cabbage and cauliflower, should be kept away from ethylene-producing foods, such as apples, avocados, tomatoes, melons, peaches and pears, which speed up the ageing process, quickly reducing the quality.
Cooking: For best nutritional results cook broccoli briskly by steaming or boiling in a little water. It's best when it's still a deep green and slightly crunchy.
Meal ideas: Some children love broccoli, but if you're struggling to make it appealing try these suggestions:
Baby recipe (seven months plus)
3 small florets of broccoli
1/4 cup of chopped sweet potato
A little turnip
1. Wash and steam/boil the vegies until soft.
2. Thin the vegies with fluid until it is a smooth paste.
* Recipes supplied by nutritionist Leanne Cooper are available in her books Recipes for Fussy Foodies and What Do I Feed My Baby?