You might have tried adding coconut, turmeric or blue algae to your coffee – but have you considered broccoli?
Science agency CSIRO and agriculture group Hort Innovation found that two out of three adults in Australia are not eating enough vegetables. To address this problem, they have teamed up in turn imperfect-looking broccoli to a powder form to add to coffee, snack foods and meals. This project also aims to reduce vegetable waste by using “ugly” produce.
“Two tablespoons of broccoli powder is equivalent to one serve of vegetables,” said CSIRO food scientist Maryann Augustin. “We made snacks with this and gave it to kids — they loved it, and their parents did too.”
For coffee, the broccoli powder can be added to a pulled espresso shot before the steamed milk is added.
“With a rising trend in healthy eating across the board, Australian growers are always looking at ways to diversify their products and cut waste while meeting consumer demand,” said Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloyd.
The benefits of added fibre, vitamins, potassium, zinc and magnesium might be great, but not everyone is keen on the idea of getting green veggies in a cuppa. In a Melbourne café that has experimented in making the broccoli coffee, the reviews were reported to be “mixed”.
Would you drink broccoli coffee?