Fruits & Vegetables Tips & Strategies
Money-Saving Storage Tip
The best way to store fresh broccoli is to sprinkle it with a little water and store it in a resealable plastic bag in your refrigerator (32 to 36 degrees, if possible) to avoid dehydration. Before using, wash it thoroughly and trim away any damage or bruises. Add to your compost pile or throw away any broccoli that looks wilted, bends easily, or smells bad.
Do You Know . . .
. . . if you overcook broccoli, you can destroy the enzyme myrosinase which is needed to release sulforaphane which is naturally found in broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable? Sulforaphane in broccoli has been shown to prevent some cancers and inflammation. Sulfuraphane can also be found in arugula, bok choy, broccoli raab, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese broccoli, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radishes, turnips, wasabi, and watercress. The best way to cook broccoli to preserve its health benefits is to steam it for 2 to 4 minutes. This method is better than boiling or microwaving it according to a study published in the January 2011 issue of Nutrition and Cancer.
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. . . about 40% of all food purchased in this country is tossed out? This is according to a study by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. And, unfortunately, fruits and vegetables are often among the foods most commonly discarded. It's better to buy smaller quantities of fruits and vegetables and shop more often for them to try to eat them before they spoil. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a tip sheet on 30 Ways in 30 Days to Stretch Your Fruit & Vegetable Budget.