Broccoli boost served up in your coffee

Henrietta Strickland
June 9, 2018

The coffee has mixed reviews.

However, Keck points out coffee itself is an acquired taste - and that a broccoli latte isn't so unusual in the age of the tumeric latte, the beetroot latte and other superfood cafe drinks.

Broccoli producers can also celebrate the news. But apparently, those fun Australians, specifically the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Hort Innovation, have chose to ground up broccoli into a fine powder and put it in their morning joe.

But coffee isn't the only potential application for the powdered brassica.

Being delivered through Hort Innovation for Australian vegetable growers and led by Australias national science agency, CSIRO, the new product packs a healthy punch with approximately one serve of broccoli in every two tablespoons of powder. Broccoli is also an excellent source of vitamins C, K, A and B6, as well as folate, magnesium and potassium, among other nutrients. But now it may be a bit easier to hide broccoli in other foods, as Australian scientists have developed a nutritious broccoli powder that can be sprinkled through meals or, if you're feeling particularly adventurous, used to make a broccoli latte.

The broccoli powder is made from whole broccoli, and produced using a combination of pre-treatment and drying processes to retain the natural colour, flavour and nutrient composition of the fresh vegbetable.

Australia's most freakish new coffee trend is here - and this time it's not hipsters to blame, but Australia's top scientists. "That tastes like broccoli", but they've enjoyed it as a sprinkle on the top". "You've heard of turmeric lattes and even a coffee served in an avocado, but is the broccoli latte the next product to hit the tables of your local hipster café?"

"Australians don't eat enough vegetables and farmers across Australia will have access to an alternative market whilst improving farm yields and sustainability", he says.

We're not entirely sure it's going to catch on as a coffee additive, but, as the blue algae latte shows, stranger things have happened.

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