Cruciferous Veggies, say that three times fast, I dare you! Known better by their common names like, Bok Choy, Brussel Sprouts (and greens), Kale, Rapini, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi and more, these hearty greens are a staple in AHO boxes throughout the winter.
In case you’re wondering where the term cruciferous comes from, it refers to their four-petal or cross-shaped flowers. (Thanks for the trivia tidbit University of Wisconsin!) It’s a good thing these green goodies are regulars in the AHO boxes because they are SO good for you. They contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which are useful in fighting many types of cancer including liver, lung, prostate, and colon cancer.
What is the best way to store my cruciferous veggies so that I can enjoy them?
These types of veggies should be stored in the refrigerator. Here are a few specifics for common AHO box ingredients:
Broccoli: Store in the fridge unwashed in the crisper in a plastic perforated bag, and it will keep for up for 3-5 days if not longer. If the broccoli has turned brown or yellow flowers start to appear its time to toss it into the compost.
Cauliflower: Store in the fridge unwashed in a plastic perforated bag until ready to use and it should keep up to a week. If the head is big, you can chop up the florets and store those in a similar manner in a plastic bag in the fridge.
Kale: Store in the fridge in a plastic bag. You might find that washing the kale and drying it (as you would lettuce), then wrapping it with a damp towel before placing it in the bag helps preserve its freshness. Should last in the fridge for a week to two weeks.
Kohlrabi: Store in the fridge in a loose plastic bag and it should keep for up to a week.
Rapini/Broccoli Rabe: Store unwashed in a plastic perforated bag or in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator until ready to use and it will last up to a week.
Bok Choy: Store unwashed in a plastic bag in the fridge until ready to use, should last 4-5 days.