Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Green caffeine: Can a broccoli latte boost veggie intake?

Green caffeine: Can a broccoli latte boost veggie intake?

First we had matcha lattes, then we had turmeric and now we have broccoli coffee.

The powder is "100 percent" broccoli, specially treated and dried.

However, Keck points out coffee itself is an acquired taste - and that a broccoli latte isn't so unusual in the age of the tumeric latte, the beetroot latte and other superfood cafe drinks.

If it sounds gross, well, it might be.

Bunches of broccoli deemed too imperfect in appearance to be stocked in shops have been ground up and turned into a powder by Australian government science agency CSIRO and agriculture group Hort Innovation.

Plus, two spoonfuls of the stuff equals one serving of vegetables, and it helps to cut down on food waste because it's made with the entire broccoli plant - stems and all.

Broccoli is nutrient-rich with plenty of fiber and vitamins A, B1, and B6.

"Research shows the average Australian is still not eating the recommended daily intake of vegetables a day, and options such as broccoli powder will help address this", Lloyd said in a statement.

“The broccoli powder has already been used for the production of extruded snacks with high vegetable content. Prototype extruded snacks with 20-100 per cent vegetable content were displayed during Science Week at the Victorian Market past year and were well-received by parents and even by kids.”. No wasted chunks thrown in the bin like in your typical cooking process.

Entitled "Broccoli: Better Latte Than Never", it may make some of your hearts break a little. Steamed milk is added, and more broccoli powder is sprinkled on top. It's broccoli powder and you can add it to anything: meals, smoothies, and even your coffee.

The next step, however, is to investigate bringing powdered broccoli to the consumer market, so you might soon have a chance to try it out yourself at home.

John Said, managing director of Fresh Select, a leading broccoli producer, sees the project as the emerging new food trend.

"Australians don't eat enough vegetables and farmers across Australia will have access to an alternative market whilst improving farm yields and sustainability". They will also be contributing to healthier lifestyles.”.

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