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Purple baby broccoli is distinguished by its small loose clusters of florets sprouting from a slender stem that also produce side shoots and bladed leaves. The floret clusters and leaves have a trademark violet hue with pistachio green undertones. Purple baby broccoli's flavor is a concentration of nuttiness, peppery notes, subtle sweetness and the natural cruciferousness associated with all Brassica vegetables. It has a tender texture and a firm snappy bite.
Purple baby broccoli is available in late winter through early spring.
Purple broccoli is a member of the Brassica oleracea family. There are two types of broccoli, sprouting broccoli and heading broccoli varieties, Purple broccoli is a sprouting type. Commonly grown seed varieties include Bordeaux, Claret, Nine Star, Red Arrow, Red Head and Red Spear.
Purple baby broccoli is more versatile than common broccoli as it is naturally more tender and cooks quickly under high heat while still retaining its textural integrity. Purple baby broccoli can be sauteed, steamed, roasted, grilled and fried. It is perfectly suited for fresh eating alone or as a crudite ingredient. It makes a great pasta or risotto ingredient and pizza topping. Purple baby broccoli's flavor marries well with seasonal spring companions such as leeks, kale, chicory, green garlic and citrus. Other companion ingredients include butter, olive oil, light-bodied vinegars, tomatoes, chiles, black and green olives, pine nuts, cured meats such as pancetta and prosciutto, flaky white fish, hard cheeses such as parmesan and pecorino or fresh cheeses such as chevre and feta.
Purple broccoli is a strain of Sprouting broccoli that was developed by Dr. Gray of Wellesbourne, England. It requires an unusually lengthy growing season, with planting in late spring, overwintering for the rest of the year and harvesting in early Spring the following year. The long length of time and multiple seasons it takes to bring crops to harvest can be cost, space and time prohibitive. Thus, Purple broccoli is an uncommon commercial variety limited in exposure primarily to Italy, United Kingdom and Southern California. Market expansion for Purple Sprouting broccoli varieties is almost certain as breeders recently developed a hybrid called Bordeaux that does not require overwintering.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Tribute Pizza||San Diego CA||858-220-0030|
|Lauberge Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-259-1515|
|Top of the Market||San Diego CA||619-234-4867|
|Stake Chophouse & Bar||Coronado CA||619-295-3172|
|Marriott Coronado||Coronado CA||619-435-3000 x6335|
|Dolce Pane & Vino||Del Mar CA||858-832-1518|
|Baci||San Diego CA||619-275-2094|
|Golden Door Farm Stand||San Marcos CA||760-744-5777|
Recipes that include Purple Broccoli. One is easiest, three is harder.
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PCC Natural Markets
PCC Natural Markets - FremontNear Seattle, Washington, United States
600 N 34th St, Seattle 98103
About 443 days ago, 3/08/16
Spotter's comments : Purple Broccoli spotted at PCC Natural Markets. A cross between broccoli and asparagus with a beautiful purple crown ;)
Borough Market Near London, England, United Kingdom
About 602 days ago, 10/01/15
Spotter's comments : Purple Broccoli spotted at Borough Market. Freshly picked purple broccoli!