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Is this humble veg the new kale?

Find out how broccoli leaves can benefit your diet

By Alexia Dellner, 29 March 2016
Is this humble veg the new kale?

Move over kale, there's a new leafy green in town. If you're looking to mix up your weekly menu and try something new, then we've got just the thing: Broccoli leaves! Chock-full of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and calcium, chomping down on these leaves is the newest way to get one of your five a day. In fact, just one serving will provide your daily dose of vitamin C and the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk. 

We're used to eating the crowns or broccoli heads, but actually a broccoli plant is mainly leaves. But we're not talking about the small, wispy leaves that you may already have come across on your broccoli head. Broccoli leaves are large (similar to chard), taste slightly sweet and are highly versatile. Usually left in the field and ploughed back into the land, American chefs and health bloggers have already clocked on to how delicious the leaves are and how easy they are to eat!

So how do you cook these green beauties? Broccoli leaves can be boiled, steamed or sautéed – similar to how you would use kale. For an easy side dish, simply fry leaves in a little olive oil with garlic and you're ready to go. Or add the leaves into a stir-fry recipe for a tasty twist. You could even toss a few leaves into a healthy green smoothie or eat the leaves raw in a salad! 

You loved our wonky veg boxes, so will you try broccoli leaves too? By adding these gorgeous greens to your recipe repertoire, you won't just be incorporating new flavours into your dishes but also helping to decrease waste and boost your vitamin and nutrient intake. What could be better than that? Go on, turn over a new leaf with broccoli leaves! 

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