|lots of broccoli planted too close together|
I eat salads naked because I don't like salad dressing. Apparently I'm missing out because the correct monounsaturated fat-rich salad dressings help release nutrients from the vegetables. According to Mario Ferruzzi, a Purdueassociate professor of food science, "If you want to utilize more from your fruits and vegetables, you have to pair them correctly with fat-based dressings." One study isn't enough to make me eat salad dressing all the time but maybe sometimes.
Lastly, broccoli leaves are edible. It shouldn't be a surprise because they are in the brassica family and related to cabbage and kale. When planting our garden a few months ago we had more plants than space. Since I can't bear throwing away plants I stuck them all in anyways. Now, we are eating the leaves from select plants to thin out the patch. I treat them like kale, and they taste like - broccoli of course.