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Broccolini – A Different Sort of Veggie

During my last Trader Joe’s visit I was amazed at all of the organic produce I bought. It was a natural sort of thing. It turned out that everything I picked up was organic, so in the bucket it went. One item that I found was what Trader Joe’s called “Baby Broccolini.” It looks like young broccoli, but different. I thought I’d give it a whirl. I’m glad I did.

The next night I wanted a veggie, so I sauteed the broccolini in a little olive oil, water and garlic. I sprinkled just a smidge of kosher salt. During the cooking process I wasn’t too sure it was such a great idea, as the smell was a little off, shall we say. Even Anthony turned his nose up. I continued to saute (with a cover for steaming) for about 10-12 minutes – just until the thicker part of the stem was tender.

Since I had a health coaching call to attend (I just love my health coach!), I set the veggie aside. When I came back to it an hour later it was cool and I took a bite. In the words of Rachel Ray, Yum-O. It was delish. I wasn’t real hungry by this time, so I put it in the fridge until the next night. I reheated it and mom and I had some for dinner. Mom thought it was okay – wasn’t her favorite veggie. Anthony tried one stalk and said the same thing. I, on the hand, ate a mound of it with a turkey patty. Broccolini ranks right up there with asparagus as one of my favorite veggies.

Nutritionally, it’s high in Vitamin C, contains Vitamin A, calcium, folate and iron (all good stuff for fertility). And in case you didn’t know, it’s not the same as broccoli. Broccolini is a hybrid veggie (not to be confused with genetically modified) – it’s a cross between broccoli and kai-lan (a Chinese broccoli). It was developed in Japan, but it is now grown year round in California and Arizona.

In the future I will add it to (my insulin resistance version), and stir fries. If you try it, let me know how you like it and how you cooked it. I'll share your recipe if you like.

About the Author Corrie Ann

Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, researcher, coach, and cookie enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles, CA. She started the Clean Body Project to share all of her knowledge and resources with others who are interested in running their own experiment into clean holistic living. She is also known as The Renaissance Soul Writer at

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