Broccoli might be full of worms without you realizing! Use these simple steps to clean it

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Known as a great source of Vitamin K, Vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and fiber, broccoli is low in calories and rich in essential minerals. Not to mention, it is delicious and easy to prepare too.

Broccoli is full of vitamins and minerals.

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Relatives to cauliflower and cabbage, broccoli contains tightly closed little flower buds that are densely close to each other—making it easy for the vegetable worms to hide or even lay their eggs!

The most common species of vegetable worms found hiding in broccoli is the larvae of Plutella xylostella.

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It’s a very small but active worm that you might not see on the outside but probably accidentally ate them in your vegetable.

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Because of this, it is crucial to thoroughly clean your broccoli and get rid of all the small worms before including them in your cooking.

Here are simple steps to wash your broccoli:

1. Wash the whole broccoli to drive away dust, impurities and pesticides.

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2. Cut the small flowers of the broccoli along the stem using a knife.

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3. Cut again at the middle of the small flower into smaller pieces.

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4. Pour clean water to soak the broccoli.

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5. Add some flour and a small amount of salt into the container.

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The flour can take away dirt and the salt can effectively sterilize and kill small insects, worms and eggs inside the vegetable.

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6. Stir everything in the pot and let the broccoli soak in the water for about 5 to 10 minutes.

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7. When the time is up, you’ll see the cloudy water and dirt come out. Take the broccoli out and rinse it with clean water.

Isn’t it easy? Make sure to follow these steps and clean your vegetable thoroughly!

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