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Tuesday 14 April 2015

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Purple sprouting broccoli

"The purple-green florets of this variety of broccoli have a slightly wild look and grow on slender, leafy stems of varying lengths.

Buyer's guide:

The UK purple sprouting broccoli season runs from January to May. Modern hybrids are bred to extend the season, but they tend to be tough and tasteless. Purple sprouting broccoli should look fresh, firm and healthy, not dry or wrinkled. The spears should snap cleanly and the florets should show no sign of yellowing.


Store in the bottom of the fridge and eat within a few days of purchase. To freeze, spread the washed florets onto a baking tray. Cook from frozen.


Boiled or steamed, purple sprouting broccoli makes an excellent side dish tossed in butter or oil. Can also be served in a sauce with pasta* or as a starter, covered in hollandaise."

Above words from here

My addition * pasta is not part of my LCHF menu plans I would substitute a low carb alternative.

But I can recommend this lovely recipe for including purple sprouting broccoli as a side dish/vegetable

King prawns cooked in butter, garlic and mixed herbs seasoning. Swede boiled and mashed with lots of butter. Purple sprouting broccoli with a knob of butter.
Delicious and very low carb.

For this and other low carb recipe ideas why not have a look at
The Low Carb Diabetic Recipe Blog Here

All the best Jan


Jennifer said...

I don't think I've ever seen purple sprouting broccoli here. It's a shame! I like that you left out the potatoes in this shrimp dinner. The salmon in a previous post with the chick pea salad also looks like a great meal suggestion.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Jennifer, many thanks for your comment. If you cannot get purple sprouting broccoli the menu idea works well with 'ordinary' broccoli ..... and yes potatoes are not eaten in our house, it's always the lower carb alternative like swede, celeriac etc.
Glad you liked the salmon recipe too.

BTW I've just left a comment on your blog - Jacqui's garden is so lovely.

Have a good week

All the best Jan

Jo said...

I love purple sprouting broccoli but it's so expensive in the shops, especially when the supermarkets seem to stock their shelves with days old specimens which look wilted and past their best. Much better to grow your own if you can, I'm without it this year but I'm hoping not to make the same mistake next year, I shall be sowing my seeds soon.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Jo, many thanks for your comment. Yes the purple variety does tend to be more expensive, but once in a while it's good to eat and enjoy. I think with any vegetables (or fruits) you need to pick and shop wisely - get the best available. Good luck with sowing your seeds..... it's so lovely if you can grow your own.

All the best Jan

The Happy Whisk said...

Looks so pretty.

Lowcarb team member said...

Hi 'HW' and a warm welcome, many thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yes, purple sprouting broccoli can look pretty good on your dinner plate, and they taste good too.

Take Care

All the best Jan