Broccoli Spear Vs Stalk: What’s The Difference?

Broccoli is a delicious vegetable that can be enjoyed raw or cooked in a variety of ways.

While the stalk of the broccoli plant has a distinct flavor, its florets are often better known for their wide array of health benefits.

In this article, we’ll compare broccoli spear and stalk to help you decide which variety is best for you!

What are broccoli spears?

365 by Whole Foods Market, Broccoli Florets, 12 Ounce

Broccoli spears are the flower buds of the plant, harvested before they open and with the stem still young and tender.

When you see broccoli sold in stores or at farmers markets, it’s usually in this form.

Broccoli spears have a long shelf life and can be stored for up to two weeks in your refrigerator without losing much of their quality.

However, if you’re planning on eating them within a few days after purchasing them (which is recommended), it’s best to keep them cool but not refrigerated until serving time so that they retain their freshness as long as possible.

If you’re growing your own broccoli plants at home, harvesting time will vary based on where you live and what kind of variety of plant you’ve chosen: some varieties need less than 90 days from seedling to harvest; others take up to 120 days before producing edible heads with tight buds that won’t fall off easily when handled roughly during cooking preparation!

What are broccoli stalks?

Organic Broccoli, 1 Head

Broccoli stalks are the stems of broccoli plants.

The main part of the plant is called a “stem” and it grows from the ground.

It is where new leaves, flowers and fruits grow from.

Stems can be used for many different things including using their juice to make medicine or making them into broccolini (which is just broccolis that have been cut down into smaller pieces).

They are also used for making insecticide spray because they contain chemicals called glucosinolates which kill insects by damaging their guts when eaten by them.

Broccoli spears are basically just tips from broccoli stems: they’re what we eat when we buy broccoli in bags or boxes at stores like Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods Market™ Plus™ because those places sell freshly cut spears instead of whole heads that need to be chopped up before cooking (and might get brown