Springtime is very near here in Southeast Texas!
and narcissus are blooming,
and hyacinths and even a few brave azaleas are peeking out.
Last spring I planted a few broccoli plants and was amazed at how prolific they were! I didn’t think broccoli would thrive in our hot weather. I did give out by June but had made tons before that. So this year, I got a dozen plants and we have had an abundance! I used it to make my broccoli salad at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for you veggie purists, this week I made it plain. May I just say how much better broccoli is when it’s fresh from the garden?
There will be one large head– I’ve already cut this one– then the plant will continue to produce side shoots,
unless you let it go to seed. I let this one go too long so decided to sacrifice it for next year’s seed. Notice there are no side shoots because the energy is being used in seed production.
Wash it good. I haven’t used pesticides but we do have animals that run loose in our neighborhood!
Chop it as much as you like. I like fairly big chunks, so I cut the florets off but don’t chop them.
When you cut the broccoli when it’s young, the stems are plenty tender. I used all of this.
I put it in a small glass bowl, added about a tablespoon of water, and covered. Microwave 1 minute and stir. Depending on the amount, you might need to cook another minute. Then, go ahead and add a tablespoon of butter! MMM…. delicious…. and so good for you!
Auntie Em’s Garden-Fresh Broccoli
1 large or several small broccoli florets, chopped
1 TBS water
1 TBS butter, salt and pepper to taste
Combine in microwave-safe bowl. Cover and cook on high 1 or 2 minutes.