Broccoli in Water Smell
Name: Jim F.
Broccoli and to some extent cauliflower when stored in
water uncooked (but not only then) tends to give of a methane type of
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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Update: June 2012