Dr Jack A T Edmonds MB BS FRCGP

Private General Practitioner

Your Health in Our Hands

120 Harley Street

Phone: 020 7935 5050
Fax: 020 7935 3888
Email: enquiry@drjackedmonds.co.uk

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI – Available January to April.  One of the richest sources of iron in the vegetable gardens of the world which belongs to the same family as cauliflower, cabbage and kale. 

Key nutrients :  Iron 2mg/100g! Beta-carotene, Calcium, Fibre, Folate, Potassium, Sodium, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Healing Properties :  Rich in many anti-cancer substances believed to protect against cancers of the lung, mouth, stomach, colon, cervix, ovaries, breast and prostate.  With its high level of iron and beta carotene it is particularly good for non-meat eaters to help prevent anaemia which causes severe tiredness, lack of concentration and affects the immune system.  Childhood infections such as measles, respiratory and gastroenteritis have shown a significant drop in Vitamin A.   The beta-carotene in broccoli is converted into Vitamin A when the body stores run low therefore including broccoli in a child’s diet can help reduce these infections.

Choosing and Cooking :  Purchase fresh and only store for one or two days in a cool place.    Can be enjoyed in a variety of ways by steaming, boiling or stir-frying.    Interestingly because of its “mustard” like flavour it does not appeal to everyone.   This is because 2/3rd of people have a gene that makes them sensitive to bitter flavours.   This can be overcome by cooking it with garlic and sesame or try parmesan and herbed crumbs.

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