Appearing in our seasonal Organic Veg Boxes this week, purple sprouting broccoli makes a subtly colourful addition to your plate. This recipe for Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Speck Tagliatelle by Natoora takes just 20 minutes to make. Why not try it for dinner this week?
Who said broccoli couldn’t be exciting? When we first tasted the purple sprouting broccoli we get from a small farm in Worcestershire, we were mesmerised by the beautiful appearance – tight, deep-purple florets – and the fantastic, intensely nutty flavour.
It all comes by virtue of the seeds. The grower specialises in cultivating only purple sprouting broccoli, and dedicates himself to selecting the best seeds for the next year. This enables him to improve the quality of his broccoli year after year. Although it is hard to believe they can get any better…
A simple way to enjoy them is by tossing them in oil, salt, pepper and fresh herbs and roasting them until crispy. You can make it even better with a topping of slivered almonds, pine nuts, or crumbled cheese, like this recipe, which takes just 30 minutes:
For something heartier, turn them into a creamy gratin, topped with delicious crunchy breadcrumbs…
Just make sure those tasty florets are the star of the show!