University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Vegetables

Broccoli (Brassica oleracea, Italica group)

The plants bear edible flower heads (florets) which are clusters of deep green flower buds arranged on branches sprouting from a thick stalk. The heads are harvested with a portion of the tender stalk before the buds open into tiny yellow flowers. (Broccoli resembles cauliflower, but is green rather than white). Leaves are similar to collards, but much smaller. Seeds are similar to cabbage seeds.