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Why Doesn't Broccoli Come in a Can?

Burning Question: Why Doesn't Canned Broccoli Exist?

With the exception of Italian tomatoes, I rarely buy canned vegetables, unless I'm desperate for something like artichokes when they're out of season. But one thing I have always noticed is that while just about every vegetable — onions, asparagus, tomatoes, corn, beets, even kale — is readily available on a shelf, I've never seen broccoli that comes in a tin. Why doesn't canned broccoli exist?

I was surprised to find out that the answer has more to do with texture and smell than anything nutritional. In the new book, FYI: Does Size Matter? 15 Questions We Aren't Afraid to Answer, editors describe the process of pressure-canning vegetables, which at temperatures above 200ºF, would turn delicate broccoli florets to a virtual pulp. Even the USDA dissuades home canners from preserving broccoli in this manner. Not only will the canning process discolor the vegetable, it also intensifies the broccoli's gassy odor.

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Sweedalicious Sweedalicious 7 years
I don't like canned veggies anyway. The only ones I tolerate are tomatoes, beans, and green beans, and that's because they're easy to use. Otherwise, I like my veggies fresh!
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Never knew that. Anyway I am not a big fan of a lot of canned vegetables, save some tomatoes and beans.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I've wondered this as well, thanks for the info.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
Broccoli doesn't freeze very well, either. I'm not a fan of mushy broccoli.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Huh. :D The more you know! And that's fine by me. The idea of mushy canned stinky broccoli is :sick:
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Texture would have been my answer. Agree with mrsld totally.
mrsld mrsld 7 years
Pharm- No extra preservatives in canned veggies. They just cook the living hell out of them.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
interesting! im all about buying frozen veggies over fresh just bc they keep longer. and as far as canned, i would only buy tomatoes or beans canned, just bc id rather not have all the extra preseratives they throw in the cans.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
hmmmm interesting.
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