Purple Sprouting Broccoli
By Caroline Westoll, Apr 28 2014 08:47AM
The purple sprouting broccoli in our veg patch is going crazy at the moment. It’s the first veg we have harvested this year. It is great to grow, because the butterflies, and, therefore, caterpillars, are not around to decimate the plants before we get to eat them. The sunshine over the past few weeks and the warm winter has lead to a bumper crop this year from only a few plants. The beautiful, vibrant florets and stems taste sooooo good. We can’t get enough of it. One of my favourite ways to eat it is lightly steamed for a couple of minutes, then drizzle some Linseed oil over the top and munch. This beats asparagus and butter hands down, in my opinion.
Purple sprouting broccoli has many health benefits. It contains the phytochemical sulphoraphane (thought to help prevent cancer). It is packed with vitamin C and is a good source of caretenoids, iron, folic acid, calcium, fibre and vitamin A.
Tuck in and enjoy!