How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Broccoli, in Season in September

August 31, 2015

Once looked upon with disdain, broccoli has gone from the vegetable kids avoid at all costs to one of the most family-friendly side dishes around. These tiny trees are best when cooked (steam them lightly or blanch and shock ‘em for crudité platters).

How to Buy
There’s no need to seek out pre-cut florets—broccoli stems aren’t just edible, they’re one of our favorite parts of the plant. Look for plants with the stalks attached and in good condition (no browning or large gashes). The crowns, or tops, should be tight and full, with a deep green hue and no brown…