Purple sprouting broccoli
Often simply referred to as purple sprouting, this is the original version of broccoli and has long stalks and small purple flower heads. The leaves, heads and stalks are all tender and edible. Look for strong, firm green stalks with tightly packed purplish green heads.
How to Use
Purple sprouting broccoli is served cooked. It is usually served as an accompanying vegetable although it can be included in dishes such as quiches, salads, pasta bakes or stir-fries.
How to Prepare
Wash thoroughly and discard any tough leaves before cooking.
How to Cook
Purple sprouting broccoli can be steamed, boiled or stir-fried. To steam, place the prepared broccoli in a steamer and cook for 6-8 minutes or until just tender. To boil, bring a pan of water to the boil and add the prepared broccoli, cook for 5-7 minutes or until just tender. To stir-fry, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and add the broccoli and stir-fry for 6-8 minutes or until tender.
How to Store
Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days and use when it is as fresh as possible.