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Ask the Produce Docs (Consumers)

How do I best clean broccoli so that there's no insects or dirt hiding in the florets?

Answer

Hold the broccoli stalk head end down under running water. You can also submerge the broccoli heads in a bowl of clean water for 10-15 minutes. Insects will eventually come out of the head as they run out of oxygen and can be separated.

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