Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Broccoli – Calabrese, Purple Sprouting and Tenderstem

28 07 2010

PSB, Tenderstem and Calabrese

Broccoli is a member of the brassica family, like cabbage.

The plant produces green flower heads on thick stalks. They are picked and eaten before the flowers bloom.

There can be confusion between these different types of Broccoli so let us try to help.

Click through for the low down on each type, including their different seasons, and ideas on what to make with each of them…


Veggie-in-the-Spotlight: Purple Sprouting Broccoli

19 03 2010

which is which?!

Calabrese is the large headed variety that most of us call Broccoli. Actual Broccoli has individual stalks for each flower clump. It is often purple, and gets called PSB – short for Purple Sprouting Broccoli (confused yet?!).

In the picture, PSB is on the left, Calabrese is on the right.

As PSB is about to go out of season, we’ve just flagged some delicious recipes to help you make the most of it before it it’s gone: