Friday, January 28, 2011

Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli

This winter has been a great time for brassicas with cabbage, swede, turnips and cauliflowers doing well however, the winner by far has been the early purple sprouting broccoli. The temperate climate of Asturias seems to favour this particular vegetable. Each year it just gets better and better. It is rarely affected by any pests and continues sprouting as we cut and cut again.

Whilst it is so fresh we tend to steam lightly and eat hot or cold. It is sweet and tender and goes with most things. Later on when we just cannot keep up with the glut we will harvest, quickly blanch, then freeze. It is never the same on its own once defrosted but is great in soups.

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