Guest post: Katherine from Natoora on purple sprouting broccoli

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.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

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:

Roasted Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Roasted Purple Spouting Broccoli

For something heartier, turn them into a creamy gratin, topped with delicious crunchy breadcrumbs…

Purple Sprouting Broccoli Gratin

Purple Sprouting Broccoli Gratin

 …or try in a simple pasta with smoky speck and creamy Parmesan:

Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Speck Tagliatelle

Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Speck Tagliatelle

Just make sure those tasty florets are the star of the show!

Katherine, Natoora

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