Would YOU try broccoli coffee?

Grant Boone
June 8, 2018

A new way of processing broccoli could help you get your servings of vegetables, while dealing with the wastage of "unsightly" food.

Incorporating more vegetables into the diet can be hard, especially for children, but a new powdered broccoli that can be stirred into other foods and drinks may be the answer.

Vogue Australia reports that CSIRO, an Australian federal government agency responsible for scientific research, and Hort Innovations, an Australian horticultural group, have created a powdered broccoli product that one Melbourne café is turning into broccoli lattes, or "broccolattes".

The only plus is that its made from "imperfect broccoli" which means you are saving it from going to waste...by drinking it in your coffee.

Its potential uses go way beyond coffee: Hort Innovation chief John Lloyd said it could be used in smoothies, soups, baked goods, and cunningly disguised in other foods to trick kids (and fussy adults, probably) into eating more veggies.

"With a rising trend in healthy eating across the board, Australian growers are always looking at ways to diversify their products and cut waste while meeting consumer demand", he says.

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"Research shows the average Australian is still not eating the recommended daily intake of vegetables a day, and options such as broccoli powder will help address this", he said.

Lead researcher Mary Ann Augustin said the broccoli is high in protein and fibre, and health-promoting bioactive phytochemicals, making it an ideal candidate for powder development.

The CSIRO and Hort Innovation have developed a nutrient-dense broccoli powder that Melbourne cafe Commonfolk has brewed into a broccoli coffee dubbed the "broccolatte".

"Eat your vegetables!" may not have been a prevalent command - nor an obeyed one - among Australian parents.

As part of a research project that aims to reduce vegetable waste, they chose to grind unused broccoli at grocery stores into powder.

Leading broccoli producer, John Said of Fresh Select, is excited by the commercial opportunities available through the development of the value-added broccoli ingredients and products.

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