This pretty winter veg is packed with goodness and is a welcome flavour after months of carrots and sprouts. The name’s a bit confusing though – is it broccoli? Why’s it purple? How is it sprouting??
We explain all. Tuck in with our seasonal veg guide…
Cousin of the regular green variety, purple sprouting broccoli is in season from February to April so now’s the time to add it to your meal plans. It looks different to its cousin as, apart from the colour, it has long, thin stems with small clusters of purple buds. (FYI it also comes in white.)
It’s all edible, even the tender stalks and leaves. And you’re going to want to eat up as it’s full of good things like vitamins C and A, calcium, folic acid, iron and potassium. Just looking at it makes us feel healthier.
Choose dark greeny-purple florets and leaves, and look for tight clusters of buds and firm stems. As for taste, the fresher the better so pick the bunch with the latest best before date. It can be steamed, stir-fried, boiled, baked and roasted, as you’re about to discover…
Make it quick
Pizza reinvented for a speedy midweek meal, these roasted broccoli and feta flatbreads might just become a new family favourite. Or fry up the broccoli with garlic and sesame for a delicious side or light bite.
With a little more cooking time but no extra effort, you could be serving up this oozy cheesey broccoli and sausage bake tonight.
Just a few basic flavours make the star ingredient shine in this chilli pasta recipe. It’s quick and easy too. Add in some walnuts for a savoury crunch.
We may have just found the perfect way to introduce purple sprouting broccoli to non-fans (i.e. kids. And some big kids). This magical penne pasta forest is sure to have everyone enchanted.
Surf and turf
This purple super veg has quite a delicate flavour so it can go in just about any meat and fish dish, especially those with big flavours like this roasted salmon. The rosemary anchovy sauce adds a nice salty hit.
Whatever you’re cooking, if it’s chock full of broccoli make sure it’s purple.