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Purple week: Week 8 of BigBarn’s food & drink weeks

Spring is finally here…almost. The daffodils are poking their heads out (even if it has been a bit early). They are always a welcome sight and just as we were all starting to get sick of winter root veg we can now start brightening things up with a touch of purple.

The first of the year’s brassicas to grace our plates, purple sprouting is usually bought up by top chefs champing at the bit to turn their backs on parsnips, swede and turnips and bring a more spring-like flavour to their dishes. And, who can blame them? Not only does it look very pretty, but it also tastes mighty fine!

But it’s not just purple sprouting we have to look forward to, now brassica season is underway, it won’t be too long a wait before we can enjoy Tenderstem, Belleverde and good-old fashioned broccoli in all it’s short-stemmed glory.

And, it’s not just flavour it’ll bring to your mealtimes, but a whole host of health benefits too! Broccoli’s noteworthy nutrients include vitamin C, vitamin A (mostly as beta-carotene), folic acid, calcium, and fibre, which has hailed it as one of nature’s miracle vegetables!

Fun Facts about broccoli