Purple sprouting broccoli

This humble vegetable is going through a purple patch and rightly so.

Purple sprouting broccoli

Gourmet chefs love this pretty, quirky variety of broccoli and here's why: its shoots are more tender and keep for longer than standard broccoli.

It's a hardy little plant, too, generally unaffected by winter frosts, and at its best in February and March. It's also easy to grow and can be eaten raw. And as it only needs steaming briefly, you could say it's the ultimate fast food.


Recipes

Chicken and purple broccoli stir-fry with wholewheat spaghetti

Chicken and purple broccoli stir-fry with wholewheat spaghetti

Try a deliciously healthy mix of styles with this chicken broccoli stir-fry and good-for-you spaghetti combo.

Sprouting broccoli with lemon

Sprouting broccoli with lemon

Serve this broccoli with lemon recipe as a side dish for a Sunday roast, or with fish such as salmon

Broccoli and pasta soup

Broccoli and pasta soup

This healthy broccoli and pasta soup produces a wonderful broth. It's low in calories, full of flavour, and very cheap to make – a recipe that won't hurt your waistline or your wallet.

Chilli and sesame broccoli

Chilli and sesame broccoli

This side order is great with a griddled steak or grilled chicken and a dash of sweet chilli sauce.

Sprouting broccoli with garlic breadcrumbs

Sprouting broccoli with garlic breadcrumbs

Sprouting broccoli is a fantastic vegetable as it's packed with vitamins and other health benefits. Adding garlic breadcrumbs just makes it even more special.

Sausage and purple sprouting broccoli penne

Sausage and purple sprouting broccoli penne

March is the season for sprouting broccoli so try it in this creamy pasta dish with sausages.

Soft-boiled eggs with tenderstem broccoli and pancetta soldiers

Soft-boiled eggs with tenderstem broccoli and pancetta soldiers

Swap bread soldiers for tenderstem broccoli in this healthy boiled eggs and soldiers recipe. A super quick midweek meal.

Tenderstem broccoli, chilli and Pecorino pasta

Tenderstem broccoli, chilli and Pecorino pasta

Broccoli and pasta are a fantastically fresh combination, and this recipe – based on a classic Italian dish – is a perfect weeknight meal for family and friends.

Orecchiette with PSB and anchovies

Orecchiette with PSB and anchovies

A seriously addictive pasta recipe which combines tangy fish with crunchy, seasonal broccoli.

 

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