'Broccolatte' is now a thing-or maybe not

A broccoli latte brewed at Common Folk cafe. Image CSIRO

Scientist say just two spoons of this broccoli powder in your morning coffee would be the equivalent of one serve of vegetables.

He also said despite the increasing popularity of superfoods and health and wellness, Australian diets were still poor.

Developed by Australia's chief research organisation, the CSIRO, and Hort Innovation, the powder is produced by using a "combination of selected pre-treatment and drying processes" that help to keep the flavour, colour, and the nutrients from the vegetable.

The powder is part of a larger development and waste research project which aims to create products from vegetables considered too "ugly" for sale, or for whatever reason, and are ordinarily disposed of.

Smoothies, baked goods and soups are a few options to consider if wanting to mix the super food with your daily meals.

"The broccoli powder has already been used for the production of extruded snacks with high vegetable content. Prototype extruded snacks with 20-100 per cent vegetable content were displayed during National Science Week at the Queen Victoria Market a year ago and were well-received by parents and even by kids".

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Lead researcher Mary Ann Augustin said the broccoli is high in protein and fibre, and health-promoting bioactive phytochemicals, making it an ideal candidate for powder development.

We're talking dried, ground to fine powder, and stirred into your coffee.

The next steps for CSIRO and Hort Innovation are to take the powder into product development and consumer sensory evaluation trials, as well as discuss potential commercial applications with produce growers across Australia.

John Said, managing director of Fresh Select, a leading broccoli producer, sees the project as the emerging new food trend. Turning those plants into powder reduces food waste and can give growers a new revenue stream.

"Eat your vegetables!" may not have been a prevalent command - nor an obeyed one - among Australian parents. They will also be contributing to healthier lifestyles.”.

Entitled "Broccoli: Better Latte Than Never", it may make some of your hearts break a little.



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