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November 4, 2011

White Fruit & Veg lower risk of Stroke

Filed under: fruit — Tags: , , , — TopVeg @ 9:42 pm

 

Consumption of White Fruits and Vegetables Is Associated With Lower Risk of Stroke.

 

A study by Oude Griep et al, published in the September issue of Stroke, examined the association of fruit and vegetable intake categorized according to the color of the edible portion with 10-year incidence of stroke.  They found that higher intakes of white fruit & veg protect against stroke; while coloured fruit & veg do not. 

conference-pear

conference-pear

Apples and pears are better sources of potassium.  The study found that each 25 gram/day increase in consumption of white fruit and veg was associated with a 9% lower risk of stroke.

 

February 2, 2010

How to pick sprouting broccoli

Filed under: brassicas — Tags: , , , , , , — TopVeg @ 10:19 pm
Pick the sprouting broccoli spears:

  • just before the flower buds open 

purple-broccoli-spear

purple-broccoli-spear

  • about 10cm long
sprouting-broccoli-spear

sprouting-broccoli-spear

  • when young, so very tender & not stringy
early sprouting rudolph

early sprouting rudolph

  • leaving some stem on the plant, so that the buds will produce more spears – cut & come again!

 

The central head on the sprouting broccoli plant will be larger than the side shoots, but not as big as the standard broccoli sold in the shops. This is actually calabrese – quite different from sprouting broccoli harvested in the early spring.

Cut the large central head  out before the flower buds open, when still tender. Cutting out the central head will encourage the side shoots to develop.

whitesprouting-brocoli

whitesprouting-brocoli

Pick sprouting broccoli every few days to make sure the shoots are young and tender.  It is often difficult to see the sprouts in amongst the leaves, particularly the purple sprouts, but white sprouting broccoli is easier to see and pick!

April 2, 2009

3 types of sprouting broccoli

Filed under: brassicas — Tags: , , , — TopVeg @ 10:23 pm

There are 3 types of sprouting broccoli:

    1. white  sprouting broccoli                             
    

sprouting-brocoli-white

sprouting-brocoli-white

The white broccoli has small white flowering tips.  These are snapped off when about 2″ long.   

sprouting-broccoli-spear

Steam or boil them for 10-15 minutes for a very special veg.  Ours are about ready to harvest from February & through March.

 2.  purple sprouting broccoli

purple-sprouting-broccoli

purple-sprouting-broccoli

The purple sprouters are a week or so later than the white sprouting broccoli, & have a stronger taste.
    3.  perpetual sprouting broccoli

everlasting-broccoli

everlasting-broccoli

The perpetual broccoli comes up year after year, so rather messes the rotation up. But it is easy to grow.

The 3 types of sprouting broccoli give a good spread of green vegetables in the spring when not much else is ready to harvest.

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