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Vegetable stalks

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 15, 2010 at 7:20 PM

I avoid eating vegetable stalks. Should I be eating them? Do they have any nutritional value?

For some vegetables, the stalk is the vegetable (celery for example). But what about vegetables where the stalk is not considered the main edible part, such as broccolli?

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:18 PM

I like them too. I just slice off the touch outer skin, and eat them raw with a little salt, or toss them into the basket to steam with the rest of the bunch.

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at 06:28 AM

I avoid them because I don't think they have the same nutritional value and are mostly just fiber. If they were full of vitamins or micronutrients then I'd probably start eating them.

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on December 16, 2010
at 02:03 AM

Can you share a recipe?

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on December 15, 2010
at 08:17 PM

Why do you avoid eating the stalks?

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on December 15, 2010
at 07:35 PM

broccoli stalks are awesome. You can peel the bits with the thickest "skin" and still cook and eat the insides. Yum.

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on December 16, 2010
at 05:07 AM

Just like nose to tail eating for animal foods - A vegetable can be eaten from crown to root. Give it your own taste test.. it is different for every individual.

I know people who would not eat a radish (root bulb) but saute the leaves and then some others who will wait for the radish to flower and eat the buds roasted/fried.

Historically, in traditional cultures you will find vegetables, like meat, prepared in different ways from various parts of the plants.

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on December 15, 2010
at 08:35 PM

Waste not, want not.

I eat every part of my food simply because I'm frugal. It certainly can't hurt. I even eat the bit of greens on my head of cauliflower, and re-grow my beet greens. :)

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on December 15, 2010
at 10:18 PM

Stalks don't taste as good. There's probably a lesson/reason behind that. For years, I forced myself to eat the stalks, but since going paleo, I figure my budget is not so tight that I really have to eat stalks. Instead, I target the portions that both taste better and that I suspect of being the heathiest and most nutritious.

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on December 15, 2010
at 08:31 PM

broccoli stalks make the best faux tater salad!!

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on December 16, 2010
at 02:03 AM

Can you share a recipe?

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on December 15, 2010
at 07:54 PM

I love broccoli stalks dipped in dressing. Remember that any stalks you don't like can be saved and used for stock (there's a bad pun in there somewhere) or soup depending on what it is (I would use broccoli stalks in a broccoli soup and say, carrot tops and onion skins, in chicken broth). I keep a couple of different scrap bags in the freezer for that purpose.

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on December 15, 2010
at 07:37 PM

I never considered broccoli stalks to be inedible. After pealing, they are tender and taste pretty good. I would only avoid the stalks if I were making a special dish (like for the holidays) and was worried about aesthetics.

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on July 16, 2011
at 05:18 PM

I like them too. I just slice off the touch outer skin, and eat them raw with a little salt, or toss them into the basket to steam with the rest of the bunch.

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on December 15, 2010
at 11:47 PM

The sweet and tasty part of Chinese kales (gailan, kai-laan) are the stalks. The leaves are kind of laethery, it's better to eliminate most of them. The stalks should then be slightly cooked, so as to retain their crunch.

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