In Season : Available year round Broccoli has deep roots in the Mediterranean, where it is believed to have originated as a wild plant. Its name comes from the Latin word "brachium," meaning "branch" or "arm." Even the famous Roman cook, Apicius, served broccoli to Emperor Tiberius and his son, Drusus, who reportedly was quite enamored with the vegetable. And while not everyone loves broccoli (even an American president declared his dislike!), everyone can agree that this vegetable tops the list of nutrition-rich foods. With high levels of cancer-fighting phytochemicals, broccoli definitely makes a fresh, healthy choice.