“Greening Your Heart” or “Why Eat Broccoli”

11 09 2009
clean up those arteries!

clean up those arteries!

Last Friday the British Heart Foundation shared the findings of research it had funded at Imperial College London. The research shows that treating high risk parts of arteries with the natural compound “sulforaphane” reduced inflammation by ‘switching on’ a protein essential to protecting arteries from clogging.

Guess where this compound naturally occurs! Click here for the details, and for these recipes:

  • Broccoli and Kale Stir Fry;
  • Broccoli and Peanut Butter Soup;
  • Tenderstem Broccoli with Melting Goats Cheese; and
  • Cracked Bulgar Wheat with Broccoli & Cream Cheese Sauce.

July’s First Veggie in the Spotlight: Tenderstem Broccoli

1 06 2009
a new veggie?

a "new" veggie?

We were recently contacted by the marketers of Tenderstem® broccoli. And I have to confess that I had never heard of it!

It turns out that Tenderstem® broccoli has its origins in Japan where it was developed using classical plant breeding techniques. The idea was to breed a more flavoursome Brassica by crossing Broccoli and Chinese Kale.

I’m told that British crops of this veggie are mostly grown in Kent and Jersey, and its season runs from June through to December.

Read on to find out how to buy, store and prepare this “new” veggie on the chopping block, and to access the brand new recipe for Barbecued Tenderstem with Melting Goats Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing, created by TV chef and food writer Jo Pratt and provided for us to use by the UK marketers of Tenderstem broccoli.