In the kitchen
Store in the fridge and it will be good for about a week. It should still taste good if it’s a little floppy.
Prep & Cooking tips
Wash then slice into equal-sized florets. Don’t waste the stalk - it’s super sweet and full of goodness.
Boil, steam, or roast. Toss through pasta, add to curries and stir-fries. Grate and add raw broccoli to salads.
Use the stalks Too often overlooked and discarded and just as tasty as the florets. The stalk can be cut into matchsticks and added to stir-fries or makes a great base for a quick broccoli and stilton soup, leaving the florets free for another dish. It is good practise to cut the florets with a generous tail of stalk attached, trim it pencil-thick and it should cook at the same speed as the floret.
Roast You needn’t always boil and steam. Cut into bite sized florets, with a generous length of stalk attached. Throw together with oil, salt and pepper on a roasting tray. Slide into a hot oven and roast for 8-10 mins until the florets are just starting to colour. Try finishing with some dried chilli flakes and shaved parmesan.
Cheesy calabrese Substitute broccoli for cauliflower in a classic cauliflower cheese, or have the best of both worlds and use half-half. Lace with a nose-tickling dab of mustard, top with breadcrumbs for a crispy gilding or consider adding some blue cheese for a more potent repast.
Goes well with
Asian flavours (Sesame, Soy sauce, Ginger)
Mediterranean flavours (Garlic, Olives, Lemon, Orange, Chilli)
Nuts (Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pine nuts, Parmesan)
Pork (Bacon, Pancetta, Lardons, Dried or cured ham)
Roasted broccoli with lemon, chilli and garlic
Serves: 4 Total time: 23 min
Broccoli, blood orange and blue cheese salad
Serves: 2 Total time: 20 min
Gnocchi and seasonal greens with brown butter
Serves: 2 Total time: 30 min
Purple sprouting broccoli with roast tomato and anchovy sauce
Serves: 4 Total time: 3h 10 min
Broccoli salad with anchovy dressing
Serves: 4 Total time: 25 min
Purple sprouting broccoli, mozzarella and tomato bake
Serves: 2 Total time: 50 min
In the field
Meet the grower: Lloyd Stone , Ashburton, Devon
Tenderstem broccoli has a more delicate taste than ordinary broccoli – it is more like asparagus in flavour, and quick to prepare and cook.