It made me laugh. I have been growing food for years. My kids grew up in the gardens. And yet, yesterday my 22 year-old daughter saw broccoli growing for the first time? Really? It was funny. My guess is she never really paid attention. She was more interested in eating it. As much of it as I can grow. She loves broccoli soup, broccoli smothered in cheese, roasted, fresh in salads and in stir fry. It has to be her favorite vegetable.

If you've never seen broccoli growing, take a look at the photo. That is one of the plants in our garden.

You may be surprised to learn that the broccoli leaves are edible and delicious too. I like to roast them drizzled with a little bit of good olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh garlic. Cover them with foil and roast at 375 degrees until they’re tender and just starting to crisp on top, about 20 to 25 minutes. Even people who don’t like broccoli seem to enjoy the roasted leaves.

Eat fresh from the garden!

Happy gardening.

Photo by Julie McMurchie. Copyright 2013. All rights reserved.

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