Purple sprouting broccoli is a delicious and gorgeous alternative to the green heads found during the summer months. The crop has over-wintered and its lovely purple heads start to bud in February. It offers all of the same nutritional benefits in broccoli, just in a slimmer, more colorful version making it a lovely side dish.
Broccoli is famous for its glucosinolate content, which are phytonutrients that support all processes of detoxification within our bodies. Different nutrients from different vegetables support either phase 1 or phase 2 of our body’s detoxification systems, but glucosinolates from broccoli support both. Broccoli is a one stop shop for detox!
Many people in the Pacific Northwest take vitamin D supplements because we receive less sunshine than other parts of the world. But to support the metabolism of vitamin D, we also need vitamins K and A. Guess which vegetable is high in both of these vitamins? Bingo—it’s broccoli!! Try a mushroom broccoli sauté today, and you’ll be getting a natural source of all 3 of these bone supporting vitamins.
As the seasons change, catching a spring cold is common. In addition to its other vitamin benefits, purple spouting broccoli is high in vitamin C (1 cup offers 135% of the daily recommended value), so it can also help support your immune system.