Green caffeine: Can a broccoli latte boost veggie intake?

Leslie Hanson
June 8, 2018

While one Melbourne cafe has already started incorporating the powder into their coffees, experts at the CSIRO say that people can use the powder in many different ways.

We all know we could eat a little more fruit and vegetables but would you dare to try it in your morning coffee?

The nutrient-rich powder developed by Hort Innovation and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, is made from imperfect-looking broccoli that would have otherwise been wasted.

The powder is part of a larger development and waste research project which aims to create products from vegetables considered too "ugly" for sale, or for whatever reason, and are ordinarily disposed of. Common Folk Coffee Company has been cranking out these weird green and brown broccoli-infused java drinks to what CSIRO is calling "mixed reviews".

Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloyd says the powder is also ideal to mix into smoothies, soups, and baked goods.

"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.

The production process involves pre-treatment before drying and powdering the vegetable, to retain as much of the original colour, flavour and nutrients as possible.

The next steps, Dr Augustin said, are to take the powder into further product development and consumer sensory evaluation trials.

The powder can also benefit farmers who want to produce "value-added vegetable ingredients for the lucrative functional food markets", Augustin said.

"The CSIRO team and Hort Innovation are discussing potential commercial applications with produce growers and grower groups across Australia who are interested in getting the powder on the market", she said.

"Australians don't eat enough vegetables and farmers across Australia will have access to an alternative market whilst improving farm yields and sustainability".

"I see this project as the emerging new food trend", said John Said of broccoli producer Fresh Select.

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