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.
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.
Pick the sprouting broccoli spears:
- just before the flower buds open
- when young, so very tender & not stringy
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.
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!
There are 3 types of sprouting broccoli:
1. white sprouting broccoli
The white broccoli has small white flowering tips. These are snapped off when about 2″ long.
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
The purple sprouters are a week or so later than the white sprouting broccoli, & have a stronger taste.
3. perpetual sprouting 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.