A group of Australian scientists has transformed broccoli waste into powders for drinks, soups and baked goods to store nutrients even for those who do not particularly love this vegetable
A group of Australian scientists has transformed broccoli waste into powders for drinks, soups and baked goods to store nutrients even for those who don't particularly like this vegetable and to reduce waste.
Antioxidant and purifying, rich in vitamin C and B vitamins, but who doesn't love the taste of broccoli, how can you enjoy its benefits? Well, thanks to a powdered version of broccoli made from scraps, which can be mixed with smoothies, baked goods and even added to coffee, it will be possible to give space to our healthy daily dose of broccoli (and hide the broccoli for demanding children) .
Scientists from the National Research Organization (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, CSIRO) invented the nutrient-rich "broccoli powder" who, together with agricultural experts from the Hort Innovation group, started with discarded broccoli bunches, those that are considered too imperfect in appearance to be stored in shops. They ground them and turned them into powder.
The purpose? Make sure people eat the correct daily portions of vegetables and yes above all reduce food waste. Many products, in fact, are put away before they reach the supermarket shelves, because they are damaged or bruised and “ugly” to sell.
To obtain the powder, the researchers used the whole broccoli, both the flowers and the stems, and started a process of pre-treatment and drying of the vegetable, to be able to maintain as much as possible the natural color, the flavor. and the nutrients of fresh broccoli.
Thus obtained, two tablespoons of this powder, which can also be mixed with other foods (such as smoothies, soups and cakes) or addition to coffee equivalent to a portion of broccoli, a source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin E and manganese. A Melbourne bar, Commonfolk Coffee, recently tested it with a latte and was the first to experiment with making a "broccoli latte".
"Research shows that Australians on average are not getting the recommended daily allowance of vegetables and options like broccoli powder will help solve this problem," explained John Lloyd of Hort Innovation.
For now, the two organizations are discussing possible commercial applications with growers and their representative groups interested in distributing the powder on the market.
In the meantime, if we really don't like broccoli, we can "disguise" them in one of the many recipes we offer you.
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