How to Eat Broccoli Leaves

Are you wondering how to eat broccoli leaves or whether you can even eat them at all? When most people think of broccoli they think of the flowers or florets that are commonly consumed. That’s because broccoli leaves are not usually sold in stores and the only way one would have access to them is by growing broccoli at home. In fact, some people grow broccoli plants just for the leaves!

Maybe you’ve had broccoli sprouts or microgreens before – well, broccoli sprouts and microgreens are nothing more than very young broccoli leaves! Try growing them like baby salad greens, sprinkling a handful of broccoli seeds into a pot or a garden bed and letting them grow to baby leaf size before harvesting. The younger they are picked, the more delicate and tender they will be.

They are quite similar to collard greens in taste and texture. Use them like you would collards or spinach. I love to sautee them in garlic and butter and serve them as a side dish. I also throw a bunch in my green smoothies with other greens like kale, Romaine, and collards.

If you don’t like broccoli but love greens, try growing broccoli greens.

Do you have ideas on how to eat broccoli leaves that we haven’t included? Let us know in the comments section below.

2 thoughts on “How to Eat Broccoli Leaves

  • August 4, 2013 at 11:07 am

    I love to use the small broccoli leaves raw in a salad. They have so much flavor.

    • August 4, 2013 at 11:20 am

      They are great, aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by!


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