Broccolini (original Japanese: ブロッコリーニ) is a green vegetable similar to broccoli but with smaller florets and longer, thin stalks. Often misidentified as young broccoli, it is a hybrid of broccoli and kai-lan, both cultivar groups of Brassica oleracea. It was originally developed by the Sakata Seed Company of Yokohama, Japan, in 1993 as "aspabroc".
The entire vegetable is consumable, including the occasional yellow flower. Common cooking methods include sauteeing, steaming, boiling, and stir frying. Its flavor is sweet, with notes of both broccoli and asparagus, although it is not closely related to the latter. Nutritionally, it is high in vitamin C and contains vitamin A, calcium, folate, and iron.
In Australia Broccolini® is a registered trademark licensed to Perfection Fresh Australia by the Sakata Seed Company.
In Japan, it is highly popular as a spring vegetable, and usually eaten steamed.
In Brazil, the common form of the word broccoli ("brócolis") refers to broccolini: the more traditional broccoli is called "brócolis americano" (American broccoli).
Cooking Tips for Broccolini
Tip #1: Broccolini stalks don't need peeling or scaling.
Tip #2: Steam Broccolini in a stove-top steamer over boiling water, or in a microwavable container with a little water for no more than two minutes.
Tip #3: To blanch, bring boiling water to a rolling boil in a shallow pan, drop Broccolini in for about 30 seconds and plunge into iced water to refresh.
- Easy Broccolini & Sweet Potato Laksa
- Satay Beef & Broccolini Stir-Fry
- West Australian Marron with with Broccolini Cheese Sauce
The International Federation for Produce Standards assigns it the price look-up code 3277, "baby broccoli". It is also known as asparation, asparations, bimi, broccoletti, broccolette and tenderstem. Sanbon Incorporated originated a commercial program for "asparation" (its registered trademark) in Mexico in 1994 and took it to the US market in 1996; Mann took it to the US market in 1998 under its trademarked name, broccolini. It is grown year round in California and Arizona. It is sold throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom and Ireland it is referred to as "tenderstem broccoli".
- Perfection Fresh Australia. perfection.com.au.
- Broccolini® Baby Broccoli Reference. perfection.com.au.
- Easy Broccolini & Sweet Potato Laksa. perfection.com.au.
- Satay Beef & Broccolini Stir-Fry. perfection.com.au.
- West Australian Marron with with Broccolini Cheese Sauce. perfection.com.au.
- Fresh Direct. freshdirect.com
- 朝日新聞グローブ (GLOBE)｜サイドストーリー ブロッコリー物語. asahi.com.