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Bimi (broccolini): health benefits and nutritional value

  1. Bimi is a relatively new vegetable from Japan in 2020. It was created by crossing broccoli with kailan, a Chinese type of cabbage. Bimi is also known as asparagus broccoli, baby broccoli or broccolini. It looks like a stretched broccoli. The vegetable, which tastes like broccoli and asparagus, contains a lot of vitamin C, almost as much as oranges. It is also rich in vitamin A, iron, folic acid and calcium. The leafy vegetable strengthens the immune system with vitamin C and the bones with calcium. The iron it contains is essential for the transport of oxygen through the blood and the folic acid aids your metabolism.

What is bimi?

  1. Bimi, also called asparagus broccoli, baby broccoli or broccolini, is a vegetable that resembles broccoli and is a cross between kalian (a Chinese cabbage) and broccoli. Both belong to the cruciferous family (Cruciferae), which includes cauliflower, kale, radish, kohlrabi, bok choy, Brussels sprouts, watercress and white cabbage

How does it taste?

  1. Broccolini or bimi has a mild, slightly sweet taste. Eaten raw it has a hint of mustard, but this disappears when cooked and the vegetable becomes even sweeter. The texture is more like asparagus

What should you pay attention to when buying and storing?

  1. Make sure that the delicate stems and buds look fresh green and not withered and keep them in the refrigerator, preferably in the crisper. However, any stray yellow flower is not a sign of inferior quality and you can eat it without any problem.

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