Inspirational Purple-Sprouting Broccoli Madness !!!
The time has come to find all the facts you may ever need around the existence of the most radical of vegetables the purple-sprouting broccoli...How radical is all of that ??
Purple sprouting broccoli was first cultivated by the Romans in the 6th Century BC.
Purple broccoli is a sprouting type, and a member of the Brassicaceae family.
Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States was a huge broccoli fan...
Raw purple-sprouting broccoli contains almost 90% water, 7% carbs and 3% protein, and almost no fat meaning just 4 spears of broccoli count as 1 of your 5 a-day!
It's rich in vitamin A & C and high in iron & potassium.
It is botanically classified as 'Brassica oleracea var. italica' and is an heirloom variety that was once called Asparagus broccoli by the infamous French seed catalogue, Vilmorin, sounds fancy doesn't it?
Pair it with butter, olive oil, light-bodied vinegars, tomatoes, chillies, cured meats such as pancetta and prosciutto, flaky white fish, hard cheeses like parmesan and pecorino or fresh cheeses like chevre and feta for awesome dishes!
Purple broccoli is more versatile than common broccoli as it is more tender and cooks quickly under high heat while still retaining its textural integrity
Purple broccoli offers a nutty, peppery flavour with the subtle sweetness and bitterness common to all Brassica vegetables.
Did you know that the producer of the classic James Bond movies was called Mr. Albert Broccoli?