Broccoli Lattes Are Coming To A Cafe Near You

Broccoli Lattes Are Coming To A Cafe Near You

Though the powder can be added to your smoothies, dips, soups, and bread, CSIRO made a decision to try it out on coffee by introducing the "broccolatte" to one of the cafes in Melbourne.

It sounds... rather more broccoli-flavoured than many might usually prefer their coffee to be, and doesn't take into account drinkers who prefer their brew without milk.

Bunches of broccoli deemed too imperfect looking to be stocked on shop shelves have been mashed up, dried and turned into a powder by the CSIRO and agriculture research group Hort Innovation. If the CSIRO's latest product development is anything to go by, powdered vegetables could be the future of superfoods.

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.

John Lloyd, chief executive of Hort Innovation, said the powder could be used for smoothies, soups, baking, and even as a way to hide broccoli in meals from fussy kids.

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. According to Mashable, the broccoli powder is made by using a "combination of selected pre-treatment and drying processes" that keeps the flavor, color, and nutrients from the tiny green trees while also making it easy to mix in to any sort of liquid.

The CSIRO's lead researcher on the broccoli powder project, Mary Ann Augustin, said the next step was to develop the powder further and test it among a wider group of consumers.

“The CSIRO team and Hort Innovation are discussing possible commercial applications with potential growers and others in the value chain who are interested in getting the powder on the market, ” she said. Australians do not eat enough vegetables and farmers across Australia will have access to an alternative market while improving farm yields and sustainability. "They will also be contributing to healthier lifestyles!"

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