Veggie of the Week: Purple Sprouting Broccoli

January 18, 2016
by Trisha Learn

    purple sprouting broccoli

    Brocco the Bewitcher

    There once was a broccoli named Brocco. He wasn’t like other broccoli and the other kids used to tease him at school because of his bright purple locks. They’d call him silly names like “Purple Turtle” and “Violet Frizzhead”. I’m sure you’ll agree these are hardly impressive names, but they’re pretty insulting if you’re only 8 years old.

    Brocco’s mum, Broccolita, told him that if he brushed his hair 100 times every day, all his troubles would go away. The more he combed his hair, the more purple it became until it was so luminous that passers by were enchanted, nay bewitched by it. Brocco could ask people to do whatever he wanted and as long as they were looking at his hair, they would do it. Luckily for the brocciety, Brocco had a wonderful heart and always used his power for good. In fact, now you’ll find lots of purple head broccoli – it became quite the trend thanks Brocco the Bewitcher.

    Fun Facts about Purple Sprouting Broccoli:

    Season: January until May

    For all you Classic Box lovers, you’ll be getting some purple sprouting broccoli in your box this week. So, read all about it!

    • Did you know that the producer of the classic James Bond movies was called Mr. Albert Broccoli?
    • Raw purple sprouting broccoli contains almost 90% water, 7% carbs and 3% protein, and almost no fat
    • Purple sprouting broccoli was first cultivated by the Romans in the 6th Century BC
    • Rich in vitamin A & C
    • High in iron & potassium
    • 4 spears of broccoli count as 1 of your 5 a-day
    • Founding father of the US, Thomas Jefferson, was a huge broccoli fan. He imported the stuff from Italy as early as May of 1767

    Purple Sprouting Broccoli recipe in your box:

    Jamie’s Sizzling Steak Stir Fry with Purple Sprouting Broccoli Noodles (this week)

    Lean & Green Pasta

    Pork chops with sage butter, new potatoes & purple sprouting broccoli

    Got any other vegetables or fruit (or nuts…) that you want to hear more about? Send us an email and we’ll get on it!


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