They are not gross plastic-esque you're just not cooking them right.
I really wasn't insulting the leaf of a broccoli plant, I was more praising garlic and bacon. Ooooh Baaacon!
Not to rub it in or anything, I get plenty of broccoli heads from my garden. Like jal_ut, the side shoot production last almost all summer. I will be starting fall broccoli here soon.
I also grow kale, collards, swiss chard, spinach, double purple orach and beet tops. I get plenty of greens.