The stalk is actually the tastiest, tenderest part of broccoli! Really!
The trimmed stalks of broccoli are wonderful for raw eating. Use them in healthy appetizers such as crudites for dipping or chopped for salads. Or, you can steam them, chopped, right along with the budding tips.
First, stalks need to be trimmed. With a sharp kitchen knife cut across the stalk where it starts to branch into its budding tips. You may need to trim the bottom end if it's uneven so that you can stand it vertically on a cutting board for safe trimming.
I usually cut the stalk in half and trim it in two parts for safety and stability. Carefully holding the stalk at the top away from each edge you'll be trimming, use the knife to slice away the thin, tough outer skin, slicing downward. Work all the way around the stalk, carefully so as to not nick your fingers. Then, chop raw onto salads or slice and serve with other sliced, raw veggies such as, carrots, celery, and asparagus.
Dipping veggies, instead of potato chips, into Ranch dressing/dip is a traditional and healthier way to snack.
Or, chop the stalk and add it to a pan along with its budding tips for steaming!
Eat your broccoli! It's rich in vitamins, minerals, and cancer fighting properties!