I’ve got a huge amount of broccoli thriving in my backyard and it’s almost ready to harvest. My question is, can I cook the big leaves of my plants, or are they inedible?
I have a feeling they could be used like collard greens and I’d hate to throw them out if that’s the case, but I haven’t been able to find any recipes online that include broccoli leaves.
Sent by Adeline
Adeline, what an interesting question! It seems like they might be very tough and bitter, and that was indeed the case for this cook, who tried them:
• Cooking Broccoli Leaves
at Discuss Cooking Forums
Read all the way through that thread, though — it seems like the leaves are OK in small quantities, and when they are very thoroughly cooked. Also, this cook in the ChefTalk Forums
used them in lieu of cabbage in a cabbage roll dish.
Readers, anyone ever tried cooking broccoli leaves?
Related: Tip: Roasting Broccoli
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