“Brassica Bonanza” by Celia Berrell

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Brassica Bonanza

(Brassica oleracea)


The humble wild cabbage

named Brassica o

looks more like a weed

than the veggies we know.


Through breeding (like dogs)

to enhance special traits,

there’s more than one

Brassica o on our plates.


Selecting big leaves gives us

Kale, Collard Greens,

while breeding big buds

grows the cabbage we’ve seen.


Exaggerate flowers and

what have we got?

Some huge heads of Broccoli

served steaming hot.


Those cream Cauliflowers

are Brassicas too.


And so good for you!



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