How Much Does Broccoli Cost?
Botanically, broccoli is a vegetable belonging to the cabbage group, which is communally known as the cruciferous vegetable. The broccoli head, often used as a vegetable, is rich in nutrients that include vitamins C and A, folic acid, calcium, and fiber. In addition, it provides protective components that protect you from diseases. Broccoli is usually cooked or steamed, but there are also people who prefer to eat it raw.
How much does it cost?
- Broccoli can come per head or it can be purchased by the pound. On average, the price can vary anywhere from as little as $1 to $4 per pound.
- For instance, loose broccoli typically sells for $1.25 to $3 per head/bunch (or pound) while organic broccoli can fetch prices upwards of $4. Florets, which are tiny pieces of broccoli that are usually frozen can retail for $2 to $4 per bag.
- Chacha.com, for instance, puts the price of a head of broccoli at $1.29 per pound.
- According to this Chow.com forum thread, most users paid anywhere from $1 to $4 per pound for their broccoli.
What is going to be included?
- Broccoli comes in different varieties, such as the following:
- The large-headed ones produce several clustered florets, many of which generate smaller side shoots after the main head is harvested.
- The sprouting varieties grow thick and produce many small heads and best suit the climate in fall to spring.
- The Romanesco types produce large and gracefully twirled heads with pointed spirals. Because of this, they require plenty of space, good quality soil, and favorable growing conditions.
- Broccoli raab, which is closely related to the turnips, is known for its strong flavour and is most popular among Asians and Italians. It is usually grown for its young flower buds.
- Broccoli is often served as a side dish in homes or restaurants, and it can also be added to dishes such as pastas, soup, and salads.
What are the extra costs?
- There are broccoli varieties that are more expensive than the others.
- If you opt to purchase organic broccoli, you should expect that it is more expensive than its conventionally-grown counterpart.
- Depending on how you cook your broccoli, there may be other items you need. For example, many people put butter and/or seasonings on the broccoli after it has been cooked or steamed. There may also be cheese melted on top. If you eat your broccoli raw, you may prefer to dip it in a vegetable dip or even in ranch dressing.
Factors that influence the price:
- The price of broccoli depends on how you buy it. It would be a lot cheaper if you buy broccoli with the entire stock.
- It will cost you more if you purchase only the florets.
- The store from where you buy your broccoli and your location in the country also carry weight in the pricing. Likewise, the price usually changes according to season.
Tips to know:
- If you buy organic broccoli, make sure to clean the florets well before cooking or steaming them because there may be some bugs that have burrowed into the florets. One way of getting rid of those bugs is to soak the broccoli in salt water before cooking or steaming. The occurrence of bugs and insects usually happens since organic foods are not treated with pesticides.
- Broccoli tastes sweetest when it matures.
- Broccoli plants take up nutrients best especially when the soil’s basic condition is around 6.0 to 7.0 in the pH scale.
- If you are growing broccoli in your backyard, know that leaf-eating caterpillars love to feast on broccoli leaves; but you can prevent this problem by growing them under row covers.
- When steaming or cooking broccoli, make sure you do not overcook it. It is best eaten after being cooked until it is only slightly firm.
- Broccoli has a shelf life of 7-14 days, depending on your date of purchase. You can tell when broccoli is going bad when the bright green color starts turning yellow.
- Although its calcium content is less than what a glass of milk provides, broccoli is still the suitable source of calcium for those who do not drink milk.
Questions to ask:
- What are other ways to get rid of bugs and other insects in broccoli and other vegetables and/or fruits?
- Will you get sick if you inadvertently eat the bugs that have burrowed deep into broccoli florets?
- What should be done when you accidentally eat the bugs in your broccoli meal?
How can I save money?
- Pay attention to the special promotions that some stores offer. Many stores often have sale prices from time to time, usually during the peak seasons.
- Check you local farmers’ markets. You may be able to find some fresh broccoli for even cheaper than you do in the store.
- If you eat broccoli on a regular basis, you should think about growing it in your garden. This will be both cheaper and more convenient.
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