Purple sprouting broccoli is the colourful cousin of your normal green broccoli and is a cruciferous vegetable part of the cabbage and cauliflower family.
The name broccoli comes from the Italian word brocco meaning branch or arm.
Purple sprouting broccoli was first cultivated by the Romans in the 6th century BC.
It is only in the past 30 years that it has become popular in the UK.
4 spears of purple sprouting broccoli count as 1 of your 5 a day.
Purple sprouting broccoli has a milder flavour than standard green broccoli.
WHAT'S IN IT?
Purple sprouting broccoli is very good for you as it contains;
water, carbohydrates, fibre, protein, vitamins C and A, potassium and Iron.