Broccoli Lattes Are A Thing And Our Tastebuds Are Confused
The drink is just another example of how the weird and wonderful are making health foods more accessible.
Hold the decaf soy latte with an extra shot because there's a new brew in town ... and it's making us green with envy. Or nauseated, whatever the case may be.
Introducing the broccoli latte, the latest barista-brewed drink that you can expect to see hipsters, gym enthusiasts, and health foodies sipping at your local coffee haunt.
Co-developed by the clever teams at Hort Innovation and CSIRO, the green nutrient-rich drink is said to pack a real superfood punch and promises to deliver a host of wellness benefits when sipped regularly.
The drink itself is essentially your regular brew with the added bonus of a shot of broccoli powder -- um, yum! -- which equates to approximately one serve of broccoli in every two tablespoons of powder.
Hort Innovation chief executive said, in addition to giving your morning latte a super-duper kick, the powder offers a world of nutritious benefits for people -- who despite all the health advice in the world -- are still making poor dietary choices.
"Research shows the average Australian is still not eating the recommended daily intake of vegetables a day, and options such as broccoli powder will help address this," he said.
Lead research, CSIRO's Mary Ann Augustin said broccoli's high protein, fibre and phytonutrient content make it the perfect choice for powder development.
"The powders are an option for farmers who want to produce value-added vegetable ingredients for the lucrative functional food markets," Dr Augustin said.
In order to put the green concoction to the test, it was recently trialed at the Commonfolk Coffee Company in Melbourne, and the feedback was ... well, varied to say the least.
Taking to social media, one enthusiastic fan wrote, "Broccoli lattes could be a thing! Coffee capital Melbourne already experimenting with the idea. I like it already, sign me up!"
Another not so impressed person tweeted, "Broccoli latte? will pass thanks ..." They also added an array of suitably green vomiting emojis.
"@CSIROnews have developed a #broccoli powder in a bid to boost veg intake and protein and fibre. An ideal candidate for powder development and a #broccolilatte," a third person wrote.
The drink itself is just another example of how the weird and wonderful are making health foods more accessible -- and it follows in the footsteps of other clever concoctions such as the tumeric, beetroot and matcha lattes.
Whether you love it or hate it, Dr Augustin said broccoli powder isn't just another "trendy" lucrative venture and is, in fact, part of a greater mission by scientists to reduce vegetable waste by creating healthy foods that are more appealing from "ugly" ingredients.
Broccoli powder has already been used for the production of many nutrient-boosted snacks, but as Dr Augustin explains, the next step is to take the powder into further product development and consumer sensory evaluation trials to improve the eating habits of Australians.
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