What the Hell is Purple-Sprouting Broccoli ?

The Purple Sprouting Broccoli reminded me of a miniature bouquet of flowers. It was one of the edible unfamiliar treasures in my new biweekly curated produce and pantry box. I wish I could have asked the local grower how they are grown and the best way to prepare them. The next best thing was to do a Google search. I quickly learned “Unlike other broccoli plants, which produce a single large head, Purple Sprouting Broccoli plants produce smaller heads with multitudes of tender side shoots” (one can tell this by just looking at them). What I didn’t know is that according to Google, “These shoots often taste especially sweet and delectable due to their exposure to cooler temperatures.” I popped one in my mouth and it was more floral and citrusy than sweet. I decided the best way to utilize this ingredient would be raw in a salad. Have you come across Purple Sprouting Broccoli? If so, how have you utilized it in cooking?

  • Fresh mixed greens 
  • Bunch of Purple Sprouting broccoli 
  • Apple cut into cubes
  • Fresh herbs of your choice- I used dill, cilantro, and basil 
  • Torn chunks of sourdough bread 
  • Roasted red beets cut into cubes 
  • Toasted walnuts 
  • Bacon cut into chunks 
  • Cheese, shredded  

Toss ingredients with Herb Vinaigrette Salad Dressing.

Verdict: I would purchase Purple Sprouting Broccoli again. 

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2 Responses to What the Hell is Purple-Sprouting Broccoli ?

  1. Julie Ann says:

    It’s a really nice vegetable as I have grown every year and it’s just about to become that time of year again when I harvest it. Although it does take quite a long time to grow unlike conventional Broccoli

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    • msw blog says:

      Thank you for providing a but more background on Purple Sprouting Broccoli . I am not sure I will take up garden space to grow them, but I will surely purchase the vegetable if I come across it again.

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