First it was butter in your morning latte, then it was blue algae or turmeric, and now baristas are adding broccoli for a green superfood brew. This latest hybrid is a result of an unusual collaboration between a Melbourne cafe, the CSIRO and a horticultural company, who hope to put an end to food waste and help Aussies finally score their five serves of veg a day.
Despite broccoli being loaded with protein, fibre and a slew of bioactive compounds, many imperfect-looking florets are tossed in the bin before they make it to market. However, thanks to hi-tech drying processes, the rejected veg can now be turned into a nutrient-dense powder that packs one serve of broccoli into every 2 tbs.
Considering that most Aussies still don’t eat enough fruit and veg, a broccoli latte could be just what the doctor ordered, and although the brew hasn’t taken off just yet (early reports say it tastes a lot like broccoli soup), we’re betting it’s only a matter of time.