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CSIRO creates broccoli powder you can stir through coffee

08 June 2018

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.

Imperfect-looking broccoli that would have otherwise been wasted has been converted into a nutrient-rich powder by Hort Innovation and CSIRO.

"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 National Science Week at the Queen Victoria Market past year and were well-received by parents and even by kids".

It's fair to say drinking broccoli power is not going to be as subtle as sneaking vegetables into a frittata, but two tablespoons of the stuff is equivalent to approximately five serves of vegetables, which is a person's recommended daily intake.

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The powder, which is made with broccoli that is too "ugly" to sell, aims to minimise vegetable wastage.

Following the trend of putting powders such as turmeric or matcha in lattes to amp up perceived health benefits, a cafe in Australia recently experimented with a broccoli latte.

The lead researcher, CSIRO's Mary Ann Augustin, said the broccoli was high in protein and fibre, and health-promoting bioactive phytochemicals, making it an ideal candidate for powder development.

To get the broccoli powder on the market, the researchers plan to conduct consumer sensory evaluation trials, to make sure people will actually eat it.

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"The powders are an option for farmers who want to produce value-added vegetable ingredients for the lucrative functional food markets", Dr Augustin said.

"Australians don't eat enough vegetables and farmers across Australia will have access to an alternative market whilst improving farm yields and sustainability", he says.

It's been produced by Australia's chief research organisation, the CSIRO and Hort Innovation, using a "combination of selected pre-treatment and drying processes" that help to keep the flavour, colour and nutrients from broccoli. They will also be contributing to healthier lifestyles.”.

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CSIRO creates broccoli powder you can stir through coffee