Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family (Brassica oleracea Italica group), which is closely related to brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, and kale. Broccoli is the head and flower and is used as a vegetable. Originating in Italy during ancient
Roman times, broccoli was commonly grown and consumed in England by the 18th century. English colonists brought broccoli to America, and it was grown in gardens in the Carolinas and Virginia before the American Revolutionary War. Broccoli was not commercialized until the early 20th century. It made national news in 1990 when President W. H. Bush proclaimed that “I do not like broccoli and I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli” (“I'm President of the United States” 1990). California broccoli growers sent 10 tons of broccoli to the White House. The shipment was welcomed by Barbara Bush, who does like broccoli.
See also Brussels Sprout; Cabbage; Cauliflower; Collard Greens; Kale; Vegetables
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