Here’s What 1 Pound of Broccoli Looks Like

updated May 1, 2019
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Want to know how to pick up a pound of fresh broccoli without the aid of a scale? All you need are your eyeballs, your hands, and a general understanding of what one pound of this vegetable looks like.

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Educate Your Eye: 1 Pound of Broccoli

One pound of broccoli, with the stems attached, equates to three stalks, with the stems measuring no larger the an inch in width, and the crowns about the size of a closed fist.

Stalks Versus Crowns

If you’re picking up fresh broccoli by weight, the first thing to do is note whether you’re picking up broccoli with the stalks still attached or just broccoli crowns. The stalks, which are actually quite sweet and useful in their own right, drastically change the weight. For this particular scenario, we’re talking about whole stalks of broccoli.

Educate Your Eye

Our eyes are one of our greatest, most useful tools in the kitchen. They can help us size up everything from the weight of vegetables to the doneness of meat. Educate Your Eye is a series on The Kitchn that teaches you what you need to know to use your eyes for smarter cooking both inside and outside the kitchen.