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 of note, even though this particular vegetable kills Homer in this Treehouse of Horror segment, that doesn’t stop him from coming back for seconds:
Marge: Oh, Homie. I still can’t believe a piece of broccoli killed you.
Homer: What the hell was I thinking? [Gagging] …I tried the broccoli again.
Also, I know Marge is grief stricken and all, but did she seriously not clean up that broccoli? First, because you know it’s the thing that killer Homer and second because that’s super gross. Also, 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 would likely still agree that it tastes terrible though.
Rinse and cut your broccoli into florets, then steam in a pot in about an inch of water for 2-3 minutes. Salt and serve immediately.
I lied before, because I actually kind of like broccoli. I realize that as a general rule it 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. This, in turn, results 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)