Economic Botany

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 250-253

First online:

Origin and taxonomy of broccoli

  • P. A. BuckAffiliated withDepartment of Food Technology, University of California

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This popular vegetable may have been known to the Greeks, 2,500 years ago. Present-day varieties have been developed principally from forms that have arisen in Italy in the past 2,000 years. The name, meaning “bucktooth”, was probably a Latin colloquial term applied to any projecting shoots of members of the cabbage family.