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Name: Jim F.
Status: educator
Age: 40s
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Date: 12/10/2002

Broccoli and to some extent cauliflower when stored in water uncooked (but not only then) tends to give of a methane type of smell.

What is the gas given of by raw broccoli prior to consumption? I teach Hospitality and Tourism in Ontario and have often wondered what is going on to create that definite odor.

The following about phytocompounds and food chemistry should be helpful:

Generally, sulfur compounds are the culprit.


Anthony R. Brach

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