Broccoli Is Kitchn’s Vegetable of the Year for 2019

updated May 1, 2019
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At an early age, we were all brainwashed to believe that broccoli is Public Enemy Number 1, and thus became a culture facing a broccoli identity crisis at large.

Think about it: When asked in school to name a food that they dislike, kids often resort to broccoli because they think that’s what they’re supposed to say. (I know I did, even though I secretly loved it.) The cartoons that we watched on Saturday mornings all had a scene in which our favorite characters idly pushed a floret of broccoli around the plate, with a giant scowl on their face. And let’s face it — the way that most of us ate broccoli as kids didn’t do it much justice. (Stinky and steamed, am I right?)

But hear us out: Broccoli only has a bad reputation because we were raised to think it does. WE WILL STAND FOR IT NO MORE. This year, we’re placing big bets on broccoli. Why? Let me count the ways.

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1. It’s good for you.

Broccoli might’ve never been cool, but it’s definitely always been healthy (it has lots of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C). And guess what? Now it’s cool to be healthy. Funny how that works, right? With wellness at the top of people’s minds these days, broccoli will be too.

2. It’s basically always available.

Has there ever been a time when you found yourself unable to locate broccoli in your grocery store? NOPE. Unlike clementines, stone fruits, and heirloom tomatoes, you’ll never have a problem spotting broccoli on shelves. Broccoli is always there for you, so it’s time to give it the respect that it deserves.

3. Just like cauliflower, it’s versatile AF.

Did you know that you can turn broccoli into pizza crust? Broccoli tots? Broccoli rice? Broccoli slaw? Broccoli coffee? (Seriously, the “broccolatte” was a thing in Australia for a hot second this summer.) Like our friend cauliflower, broccoli has transformative powers. And you know cauliflower was the reigning veggie of the last few years.

Let’s review: It’s time to stop knocking broccoli and put it on the pedestal that it deserves. So believe us when we say, it’s easy being green. Kale might come and go, but broccoli is forever, folks.