Sauteed Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Sauteed Purple Sprouting BroccoliI tend to not be very adventurous when it comes to vegetables – I like them, but I tend to eat the same ones over and over again. So I have been challenging myself to try something new each time I go to my local farmer’s market. One week it was pea shoots, another week burdock root(!), then last week some purple sprouting broccoli caught my eye.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli grows over winter and is ready to harvest in spring. It has a short season, being at its best from about February to April. It has a similar taste to regular broccoli, but slightly sweeter and milder. Purple sprouting broccoli can grow to be the size of regular broccoli, but the tender, young shoots make the tastiest eating. It makes a tasty and healthy side dish for any type of meat dish, and would also be great in stir fries.

My only disappointment was that it looses its pretty greeny-purple color when cooked!

Sauteed Purple Sprouting Broccoli

1 bunch purple sprouting broccoli
Butter/ghee/olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
Sea salt
Black pepper
Water

1. Rinse and trim off the tougher ends of the stalks (don’t worry about trimming the leaves, they are good to eat).
2. Heat oil in a pan. Add the garlic and saute for a minute or two.
3. Add the broccoli and mix it in with the butter and garlic.
4. Sprinkle over some sea salt and a little pepper.
5. Add a little water to the pan (enough to create a bit of steam) and partially cover.
6. Allow the broccoli to saute/steam, stirring periodically, until just tender – about 5 minutes.
7. Serve with garlic herb butter on top!

Ooops, I forgot to add the butter before I took this photo!

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7 Comment

  1. Elsa says: Reply

    I’ve never had purple broccoli either (and I would also be sad over the color change). I will keep an eye out for them next time I’m in the store. I love to try new veggies.

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      Hi Elsa, thanks for stopping by! Veggies rock!

  2. We just love Purple Sprouting Broccoli, the saute looks delicious. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Thanks for sharing on Allergy-Free Wednesday! Hope you’ll join us again this week with another great recipe!

  4. I love discovering new variations of old favorites! I get oddly enthusiastic about unusual colored vegetables. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      You’re welcome! And thanks for highlighting it on Hearth and Soul Hop!

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