market magic: sprouting broccoli

hey there folks!

today is the beginning of a new series called “market magic” where i am going to be showcasing items from the farmer’s market that are a little off the beaten path. every week at the market, i will buy one item that i haven’t ever brought home and we will learn all about it (and how to eat it) together!

okay, first up: sprouting broccoli!

+what is it?

i know this isn’t the most magical item from the market but i thought we should start with something simple. sprouting broccoli is actually completely different from the usual broccoli we see in the supermarket. they look very similar, except sprouting broccoli is much smaller, has a flatter shape and has little leaves sprouting from the stalks.

+what does it do?

it is super high in vitamin C and is a great way to get fiber, iron, folic acid and vitamin A.

+what should i look for?

when you are shopping for sprouting broccoli, you want to look for firm stems without flowers blooming from the buds (which means they are past their prime).

+how long does it stay fresh?

sprouting broccoli will stay fresh for 3-5 days if kept in the fridge.

+what do i do with it?

sprouting broccoli is more tender than regular broccoli, so it is best not to boil it. instead, you could saute the broccoli with olive oil, garlic and a little salt+pepper for about five minutes. i love to make it that way for a nice side dish. i also love sauteing it with toasted sesame oil, some sugar snap peas and top it over brown rice. this past week, i sauted it with some chickpeas, made a quick curried coconut oil and drizzled it on top of the broccoli+chickpeas with a bed of red rice. yum!

 

so there it is, our first step on this market magic journey. hopefully we will fall in love with new favorites and they will finally have time to shine!

have a great week ❤

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