Homer: What’s for dessert?
Marge: No dessert until you eat your broccoli.
Homer: Oh…fine. [Gasps]
Dr. Hibbert: Mmm, another broccoli-related death.
Marge: I thought broccoli was…
Dr. Hibbert: Oh, yes, one of the deadliest plants on earth. Why, it tries to warn you itself with its terrible taste.
– Treehouse of Horror XI (The Simpsons Season 12 – Episode 1)
According to Dr. Hibbert, broccoli is deadly and warns you of this fact by tasting terrible. And YET, in the season 10, episode 22 (They Saved Lisa’s Brain) Hibbert wants to talk about his “broccoli juice program”. Well which is it? Is broccoli deadly and terrible tasting or should the entire town be drinking broccoli juice?!? I’m sure some sort of wizard was involved in this inconsistency.
Also, I made some broccoli to test whether it’s deadly or not. Spoiler alert: I’m still alive, therefore broccoli is not deadly. Most people still agree that it tastes terrible though.
Cut broccoli into smaller florets. Steam broccoli for two minutes, salt and serve. Try not to choke to death.
I lied before, because I actually kind of like broccoli. I realize that as a general rule broccoli is a much hated vegetable, most likely due to it’s bitter taste. If we skip ahead to a much more contemporary Simpsons: Season 26 Episode 2 (The Wreck of The Relationship) we find Homer and Bart fighting over Bart eating his broccoli, resulting in hours and then days of arguing. Lisa even brings them juice that includes broccoli in it! We’ve come full circle on this one. Here’s a video that includes every mention of the world broccoli in that episode:
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Deadly Broccoli Recipe From: Treehouse of Horror XI (The Simpsons Season
12 – Episode 1)