Cruciferous Splendiferous

Broccoli and its relatives are a nutritional powerhouse. They are known as cruciferous because their flowers are cross-shaped. One cup of cooked broccoli supplies half of a day's supply of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), twice the requirement for vitamin C (more than a glass of orange juice), six percent of niacin, nine percent of calcium, twelve percent of phosphorus, ten percent of iron, twenty percent of daily fiber needs, five grams of protein, some potassium, and all this for...

Vitamin C

Its name, ascorbic acid, means no scurvy acid, stemming from the discovery that citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes prevented death from scurvy during the long ocean voyages in which stores of fruit and vegetables were depleted well before the journey's end. 100 Vitamin C is water-soluble, and is thereby susceptible to leaching out of food during the cooking process. Less time in cooking and using less water will assist in preserving the vitamin...