Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea
Plant Part Used: Leaves
Processing Method: Drying, Grinding
Broccoli is a plant of the Brassicacea family whose flowering head is consumed as a vegetable. It is a variety of cabbage that originated in the eastern Mediterranean and Asia. Broccoli is largely cultivated in China, India, Mexico, Spain, and the US. Due to its richness in nutrients, it is used in smoothies, soups, and sauces. Antioxidants in broccoli decrease oxidative stress and its bioactive compounds alleviate inflammation.