edible green plant in the cabbage family

Broccoli is a plant from the species: Brassica oleracea. It is a vegetable similar to cauliflower and cabbage. Broccoli has green flower heads and a stalk. It comes from Italy[1] and has become a well-liked food around the world. It is a good source of vitamins.[2]

A pile of broccoli

Purple cauliflower (violet cauliflower) is also a type of broccoli.


  1. "From Roman Empire to Now: a History of Broccoli". The Spruce Eats. Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  2. "The health benefits of broccoli". BBC Good Food. Retrieved 2021-04-13.