Broccoli is a member of the cabbage family and is known for its many health benefits, common to most cruciferous vegetables. It can be cooked in a wide variety of ways, but the most common is steaming. This is also the method that retains the most nutrients. Broccoli is very high in vitamins A, C, and K and is also fiber-rich while remaining a low-calorie option.
Many studies have also suggested that broccoli can help reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. There is also evidence in some studies of anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as vitamins that promote healthy hair, skin, and nails, provide increased energy, and help maintain a healthy body weight.
See below for recipes and instructions on how to freeze broccoli!
How to Preserve Broccoli
Broccoli is both healthy and delicious, and preserving it through the winter is a great way to have it available year-round. Freezing broccoli is super quick and easy. Here’s how:
Broccoli Chowder with Corn and Bacon
· 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
· 1 medium onion, chopped
· 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
· 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
· 1 large baking potato, peeled and diced
· 1 head broccoli (about 1 pound), cut into bite-size florets, stalks peeled and thinly sliced
· 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels
· 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
· 1 cup whole milk
· Coarse salt and ground pepper
In a large pot, cook bacon over medium-low, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Increase heat to medium. Cook onion, stirring, until it begins to soften, 6 to 8 minutes.
Add flour; cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds. Add broth and potato; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; cook until potato is tender, about 10 minutes. Add broccoli, corn, thyme, and milk. Cook until broccoli is crisp-tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with bacon.
Although Gazanias and Gomphrenas are commonly found in flower gardens, many people lack a familiarity with what they are and how to grow them. Both flowers are relatively low maintenance plants, which flourish in places with full sun and are tolerant of droughts. Likewise, they are both good for planting in containers as well as for groundcover.
Gazanias (sometimes referred to as “treasure flowers”) come in several species, differing primarily in color, and are known to attract birds. They typically bloom from Summer to Fall. Gazanias can be either annuals or perennials, depending upon the specific type.
Gomphrenas also come in numerous species and colors and attract butterflies. They typically bloom for the first time around June, and can continue to through the first frost. Gomphrenas grow to be around one to two feet tall by up to a foot wide. Gomphrenas are annuals.
Both of these plants are excellent additions to any flower garden due to their vibrancy and color. They are also ideal for people looking to attract birds or butterflies to their garden. Now is the perfect time to plant for a long blooming season, so be sure to buy soon. If you’re interested in adding either of these beautiful plants to your garden, we still have both available!
Below: Gomphrena (left) and Gazanias (right)