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Purple sprouting broccoli

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Discover when purple sprouting broccoli is in season, how to prepare and cook it, and top tips for buying the best purple sprouting broccoli.

What is purple sprouting broccoli

This untidy-looking, colourful cousin of broccoli can be used in much the same way. Leafier and deeper in colour than calabrese, it adds vibrancy and crunch to vegetable dishes.

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How to prepare purple sprouting broccoli

Trim any woody stem ends or tough leaves with a knife. Divide into small, individual florets, each with a short stem, and diagonally slice the thicker stems. Rinse under cold water. Broccoli boils or steams in 3-6 minutes, depending on the size of floret. In stir-fries, cook it for a couple of minutes, until tender.

How to cook purple sprouting broccoli

Boil the florets in plenty of water, and serve warm with melted butter and lemon juice.

How to store purple sprouting broccoli

In an airtight bag in the fridge.

When is purple sprouting broccoli in season?

Purple sprouting broccoli is at its best between February and April.

Choose the best purple sprouting broccoli

Choose broccoli with dark greeny-purple leaves and florets. Discard any plants with yellowy florets or wilted leaves.

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Alternatives to purple sprouting broccoli

Try broccoli or cauliflower.