Broccoli is considered a local superfood because it contains lots of vitamins and antioxidants. The green cabbage is usually served cooked. But what about raw broccoli? Can you eat the fresh cabbage florets uncooked?
The short answer to the question of whether you can eat broccoli raw is yes. Raw broccoli contains a particularly large number of valuable ingredients, and it naturally does not contain any toxins.
Eating broccoli raw has many benefits
And here is the detailed explanation: Broccoli is a real vitamin miracle. The cabbage plant is rich in B vitamins, vitamins C, E, and K and contains lots of potassium, calcium, and beta carotene. Many dietary fibers and secondary plant substances (antioxidants), which protect the body from free radicals, make it a true superfood.
Experts agree: Raw broccoli is particularly healthy because uncooked it retains a particularly large number of vitamins and minerals. Especially vitamin C, the vitamins from the B group, and the secondary plant substances are sensitive to heat. Vitamin C is also water-soluble and is washed out of the vegetables when they are cooked.
Eating broccoli raw: You should pay attention to this
However, people with sensitive digestions may experience abdominal pain or bloating after eating raw broccoli.
Eat only small amounts of raw broccoli at first and see how well your digestive system can handle the uncooked veggies.
Only eat the small broccoli florets raw: they are more digestible than the stalk, which is suitable for vegetable soups, for example.
Raw broccoli contains a lot of folic acid and is therefore also a good choice for pregnant women.
Buying, storing and preparing broccoli
Broccoli is in season especially in summer: We have regional outdoor broccoli from the end of June until October.
It is best to buy broccoli with tightly closed flower buds. If the broccoli is shimmering yellow, it is no longer fresh and may taste bitter.
Broccoli will keep for two to three days in the crisper in the refrigerator. It is best to wrap the cabbage in foil for storage or, even better, because it is more environmentally friendly, in a beeswax cloth.
Before eating, you should wash and trim broccoli.
In order to preserve as many healthy ingredients as possible, you should not boil the broccoli, but rather steam it briefly with a little water.
How do you eat raw broccoli?
Broccoli tastes best in a salad or green smoothie. The “cabbage on a stick” also looks good on a raw vegetable platter with a delicious dip. Here are two quick and easy recipes.
For a delicious broccoli salad…
Roughly chop 1 broccoli, 1 sour apple, 2 spring onions, 1 red pepper.
For the dressing, mix together 3 tablespoons mild vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon mustard, 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup, and season with salt and pepper.
Let the salad soak well and finally add roasted pine nuts over the broccoli salad. Feta also goes well with the fresh raw vegetable salad.
For example, for a healthy vegetable smoothie with broccoli, you can mix broccoli, banana and apple with water and sweeten to taste. Fresh mint and lemon juice provide an additional boost of freshness and vitamins. The mixture of broccoli, spinach, cucumber and apple also makes a good smoothie.