Did you know that broccolini is like the rebellious younger sibling of broccoli?

While regular broccoli has thick stalks and large florets, broccolini is known for its slender stems and smaller florets.

It's like broccoli went through a phase and decided to become more "hip" and "trendy."

It's also an annoying overachiever by packing slightly more phosphorus, manganese, and calcium than broccoli  – all vital for bone health. But it wins out in the vitamin A stakes, providing almost four times more than broccoli.

So, next time you see broccolini, just imagine it wearing sunglasses and listening to some cool music while its older sibling broccoli rolls its eyes in disapproval!

Here are a few ideas to best utilize our fresh from the field Broccolini

Broccolini Stir-Fry: Stir-fry broccolini with sliced bell peppers, carrots, and thinly sliced chicken or tofu. Add soy sauce, ginger, and garlic for flavor, and serve over steamed rice or noodles

Broccolini Salad: Blanch broccolini in boiling water for a few minutes, then transfer to an ice bath to cool. Combine with sliced cherry tomatoes, red onions, crumbled feta cheese, and your favorite vinaigrette. Add toasted pine nuts or almonds for extra crunch.

Grilled Broccolini Skewers: Toss broccolini with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Skewer the broccolini and grill until lightly charred. Serve as a side dish or appetizer with a dipping sauce like aioli or balsamic glaze.

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