Discover the Power of Broccoli Powder

Lattes and broccoli might sound like a weird combination, but it’s a thing now. Discover why baristas are making broccoli powder lattes, called broccoloattes.

You†read that right: broccoli and lattes combined. “But how?” you might ask. Well, the wonderful people at CSIRO and Hort Innovation, based in Australia, have created a broccoli powder that coffee shops in the country have turned into a new latte.

Not everyone is raving about broccolattes, but the people behind the powder know it†will be perfect in many different types of foods like soups, smoothies, or even baked goods. Luckily, the broccoli powder does far more than give Baristas creative new ideas.

Lattes and broccoli might sound like a weird combination, but it's a thing now. Discover why baristas are making broccoli powder lattes, called broccoloattes.

Broccoli Powder Benefits

It’s Nutrient Rich

If you hate vegetables or know some kids who do, then you can rest assured that youíll get one whole serving of broccoli in only two tablespoons of powder. Blend it away in a fruit smoothie or stir it into your midday meal.

You donít have to worry about losing any of the nutrients that fresh broccoli provides. The companies worked to deliver a product that maintained the same nutrient composition as whole, fresh broccoli. Through a process of pre-treatment and drying, the broccoli powder maintains the natural green color as well as the same flavor and nutrient profile.

Broccoli is a superfood of sorts. In one serving (one cup chopped), it contains 2.6 grams of protein, 2.1 grams of fiber, 81.2 mg of vitamin C (135 percent the daily recommended value), 92.5 mcg vitamin K (116 percent recommended daily value), and 57.3 mcg folate. Plus, itís loaded with minerals like manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, and potassium. In addition, broccoli is a source of sulforaphane, which has been shown to fight cancer.

It†Reduces Food Waste

Aside from making the amazing health benefits of broccoli more accessible, broccoli powder provides a solution to food waste. The creators of the powder saw an opportunity to take ugly, unwanted broccoli and convert it into a form that you can enjoy.

Food waste is a problem downstream with the consumer and upstream with the farmer. For consumers, itís a matter of purchasing too much, not eating it, and throwing it away. For farmers, itís a consumer preference issue in which people donít like imperfect foods.

If it has a scar, doesnít look quite right, or has bug bites, then it gets wasted – even though itís perfectly edible. Broccoli powder provides a solution for food waste upstream. It gives farmers an opportunity to dive into the lucrative functional food space with foods that would otherwise end up in the trash.

Final Thoughts

Broccoli powder is still in the works in Australia. You may be waiting on pins and needles for a bit longer to get this high-nutrient powder added to your morning smoothie. In the meantime, consider the impact of food waste on the environment and see what you can do today to lessen your footprint.

Featured image via Thinkstock, broccolatte image via CSIRO.

46 comments

John W
John W7 days ago

Thanks

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Teresa W
Teresa W9 days ago

thank you

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R10 days ago

I'll stick with lots of the real thing!

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Janis K
Janis K11 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Muff-Anne York-Haley
Muff-Anne Y12 days ago

I’ve never tried this.

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hELEN h
hELEN h13 days ago

Tyfs

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Lisa M
Lisa M13 days ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M13 days ago

Noted.

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Winnie A
Winn A13 days ago

I'll just eat fresh broccoli like I have been all these many decades.

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Winnie A
Winn A13 days ago

Thanks

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