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Is Broccoli That’s Turning Yellow Safe to Eat?

yellow broccoli
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Wondering whether the yellow broccoli in your refrigerator is still safe to eat? We’ll give you the answer and show you how to keep broccoli fresher for longer. 

Is Yellow Broccoli Okay to Eat?

Broccoli grows best in cool weather: in the United States, it is in season in the spring and fall. But despite being a hardier vegetable, broccoli does not keep well. After just a few days, it already begins to lose its green color and turn yellow. But is is still okay to eat? 

In short: Yes, it is – but it will taste slightly bitter. Also, a yellow broccoli does not contain as many nutrients as a fresh one does. Only if your broccoli is not only yellow but also soft and mushy, it is ready to be thrown on the compost pile. 

How to Store Broccoli to Prevent Yellowing

Storing broccoli
Without proper storage, broccoli will start to yellow quickly. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay – AllanLau)

By using the proper storage techniques, you can keep your broccoli fresher for longer. This way, you’ll never have to look for ways to salvage yellow broccoli. 

Short-Term Storage:

Place your green or yellow broccoli in a bowl or wide glass filled with water, the way you would store flowers. Store it in the very back of the refrigerator, so that it stays as cool as possible. 

Long-Term Storage:

If you know you won’t be able to use up your broccoli before it goes yellow or even bad, freezing it is your best bet. This way, you’ll have it on hand whenever you need it. 

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Cut the broccoli florets into small pieces
  2. Place the broccoli in boiling water for about five minutes and then shock with ice-cold water.
  3. Spread the broccoli florets out on a baking sheet and pat dry with a dishtowel.
  4. Place the baking sheet in the freezer.
  5. When the broccoli is frozen, collect the florets and put them in a freezer-safe container. 

Tip: Broccoli can turn yellow and bad if you do not store it correctly – and the same goes for many other vegetables. The following article will help you to prevent that from happening in your fridge: Storing Food Correctly: 7 Tricks for Vegetables, Fruits and Leftovers

This article has been translated and adapted from German to English by Christie Sacco. You can read the original here: Gelber Brokkoli: Ist er noch genießbar?

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