Random Facts: Broccoli

The Italians have been eating broccoli since at least 600BC when it was loved by ancient Romans.

The word ‘broccoli’ is the plural of ‘broccolo’ which is Italian for the flowering top of a cabbage, and ‘broccolo’ is a diminutive of ‘brocco’ meaning a shoot or stalk.

According to a survey in 2009, broccoli is the sixth most commonly misspelt word in English.

In 1724, Philip Miller’s “Gardener’s Dictionary” referred to broccoli as “Italian asparagus”.

Broccoli was brought to Britain from Antwerp in the 1720s by sculptor Peter Scheemakers.

“I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.” (George Bush Sr, 1990). However, in 2013, President Obama described broccoli as his favourite food.