Good Question: Do You Eat Broccoli Stalks?

Here's a question and a tip from reader angorian:

I'm curious to know how many people cook and eat the stalks of broccoli.

I grew up with "broccoli stars" and always peel, slice, and cook my broccoli stalks, but I've discovered that no one else I know does this. They all just throw the stalks out. Is this really the norm?

I'm wondering if people just don't realise that if you use a paring knife to peel off the tough outer layer, the inner portion of a broccoli stalk is delicious and not to be wasted. In view of all the recent discussion about food prices on the rise, it seems to me that curbing unnecessary food waste is one good tactic for making your grocery dollar go farther.

Angorian, we eat the stalks too! Well-cooked broccoli stalks are juicy and more satisfying than the frilly tops.

What about the rest of you - how do you cook your broccoli stalks, and are there other vegetables like this where you use the whole thing and not just the most easily edible part?

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