So, You Eat Broccoli Because It’s Healthy And Natural?

I present you the Broccoli, as we know it; 

A pretty flower

A pretty flower

We eat this interesting looking vegetable, because it’s good for us. It’s very high in Vitamin C and Fibre. It has been named a super food and it has anti-cancer properties (especially prostate cancer) and prevents against heart disease. We shouldn’t boil the broccoli as it is a lot less super foody when boiled, so stick with the steaming or stir frying. It’s super awesome, isn’t it? I’m sure the broccoli is as natural as the sun rising and setting every day. Or is it?

This is where the Broccoli comes from;

The mum and dad of Broccoli as we know it

The mum and dad of Broccoli as we know it

Not quite that Broccoli-ish is it? This leafy cabbage is the ancestor of our oh so natural Broccoli, that has been farmed into the tree looking vegetable we all worship (oh well, I know a few people who have Broccoli as a staple for every meal). Like so many other vegetables, they are not that natural at all, they are all results of years and years of cultivation, to make a perfect vegetable that we all would eat in the perfect world we live in. This same plant is in fact the ancestor of a heap of other vegetables, being Cauliflower, Kale, Romanesco, Collard Greens, Brussels Sprouts,  Cabbage, Kohlrabi and Chinese Broccoli. They all come from this leafy plant, but have been farmed into things we like and would eat.

Did you know if you buy a broccoli and put it in a vase, it will turn in to a pretty little bouquet in itself, as the name means, the flowering top of a cabbage.

We also eat the natural carrot;


wild carrotBut this other weird looking root might not be that tempting? Well, that’s a wild carrot. That has also been farmed into the perfect looking carrots above.

And last, but not least for the evening; my beloved banana;

Banana. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.Did you know that every commercial banana you eat is a perfect infertile clone? The banana farmers have completely taken away the bananas ability to reproduce, by cultivating them to be seedless, with lots of sweet and soft flesh, while the wild banana have so many seeds you would hardly recognise it as a banana;

Wild banana

That’s all folks. Just wanted to share my wisdom on inbred vegetables and fruit. And these are very far from the only ones. Cucumbers aren’t naturally perfectly shaped, tomatoes comes from the poisonous night shade family and salad has been domesticated so we can actually digest it. And just for fun, here is the wild sunflower – pretty sure you wouldn’t get too much sunflower oil out of this in any way; Wild sunflowers


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9 Responses to So, You Eat Broccoli Because It’s Healthy And Natural?

  1. Reblogged this on Becoming the Best Me and commented:
    Makes you think twice about what you’re eating.

  2. tyrmi says:

    Wild bananas are delicious, not sure about the arch-broccoli… I’d say the modern broccoli is an improvement. Romanesco is my favourite. And now I know it’s man-made!

    • Modern broccoli and romanesco are both very interesting looking vegetables 🙂 But they are pretty yummy, so keeping my fingers crossed they are still good for you!

  3. Southern Wonder says:

    Really interesting post!

  4. SUPERNU says:

    Very informative post, thank you.

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