Broccoli with yellow buds? Safe to eat?

kathymehnert(5)August 13, 2007

I picked my broccoli and put them in frig. 1 day later there are yellow buds............What should I do? I was planning on blanching then freezing? Any advice?

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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Sounds like you might have picked it a bit late as it is starting to go to seed. ;) It is still safe to eat. If you want to blanch it and freeze just shave off the buds as much as possible (they can be bitter) and go ahead with your plans.

Dave

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 12:20PM
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lelia(Northern Cal)

Try it first. I find flowering broccoli to be flat-out gross, but the peeled stems are still delicious.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 1:15PM
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gumby_ct(CT it says Z5)

Peeled stems?
Could you elaborate, please.
Thanks,
Gumby_CT

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 1:37PM
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murkwell

gumby,

Broccoli stems are nice to eat, but if your heads are so mature that they are flowering, the stems are probably beginning to get tough and fibrous on the outside.

Peel off the outer portion of the stem with a potato peeler or knife and cook and eat the insides of the stems. They are delicious, I like it much better than the florettes.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 2:34PM
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esobofh

Second that... I actually composted all the heads off my broccoli this year because they were too late.. ate the delicious stalks though - wonderfully tender and sweet.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 3:18PM
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gumby_ct(CT it says Z5)

Thanks Murky, I will have to try that. Nothing to loose right? Well except more seeds.

This entire 4x4ft. bed are volunteers from plants I let go to seed last year. Made planting this year a breeze. Nature at it's finest ;-)

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 5:50PM
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kathymehnert(5)

Thanks for all the advice..........I tested the broccoli before steaming/freezing and there was no diff. Will try to blanch/freeze next year the same day it is picked....Still learning..........big 40 x 120 garden so am still learning with all the vege's. :)

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 6:03PM
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jollygreenpimp(9)

You can also use the stems for stir frys too. Just make sure you boil it for a few minutes first. It goes great with sliced beef.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 6:31PM
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oldroser(z5)

Also shredded stems make great cole slaw type salad.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2007 at 7:19PM
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murkwell

If you're done harvesting heads, you can also eat the leaves. They are similar to loose cabbage leaves or collard greens. They are all very closely related.

I imagine you aren't growing cabbage or collards, or at least not letting them bloom at the same time as your brocolli, since they will cross pollinate and the resulting seeds will produce a mix in the next generation. If you are just after the greens, then the mixing probably doesn't matter much.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2007 at 7:47PM
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iLoveMyGoats

The bright yellow broccoli flowers are edible and delicious. If you miss harvesting at the tight bud stage, you can still harvest broccoli, even with the flowers open. Broccoli flowers can be eaten raw or cooked. Use them as an edible garnish or include them as a nutritious and attractive addition to any salad. Completely opened flowers will wilt when steamed, but partially opened buds retain their shape. Broccoli flowers have a pleasant, mild flavor. Some specialty markets sell yellow broccoli flowers in the produce section as a delicacy item.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2014 at 9:43AM
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