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Be a broccoli stalker

Do you eat broccoli stalks? If not, why not?

It may be the case that you were only served the florets as a child, so you think that you can't eat the stalks.

Broccoli stalks are both edible and delicious. When you throw away a broccoli stalk you can be chucking away almost half of the vegetable – which not only is a waste of food, it is also a waste of money.

So how can you eat broccoli stalks? To use them, cut the very bottom off the stalk, remove any leaves and then use a vegetable peeler to peel the outer layer. You can then slice, chop, grate or spiralise them. Slice them and steam them with the florets, add them to a soup, stew, salad or stir fry, or grate them for fritters.

This recipe for broccoli balls is a great one to make with children as it teaches them that the stalks are edible as well as encouraging them to eat more vegetables.

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Broccoli Balls

Makes approximately 12 balls


  • 2 cups broccoli, made up of grated broccoli stalk and/or cooked broccoli florets, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion grated or finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, finely chopped (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 180⁰C.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Roll the mixture into teaspoon sized balls then place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, turning the broccoli balls about 8 minutes into cooking time.