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#1 Sun 27 Jan 13 9:20am

LuvnLearnn2Cook

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30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

Hi.
I've been reading through 30 Minute Meals and I'm getting quite confused by all the different types of broccoli Jamie calls for.
He lists the four following types.
A Large Head of Broccoli.
Purple Sprouting Broccoli.
Tenderstem Broccoli.
Sprouting Broccoli.

Now I've seen the seeds for purple sprouting broccoli for sale and wikipedia tells me that Tenderstem is known as Broccolini here in Australia but I'm not quite sure what the other two are.
I'm assuming the "large head" is the regular stuff you get at the supermarkets, also known as Calabrese, yes?.
But what on earth is sprouting broccoli?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

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#2 Sun 27 Jan 13 9:51am

Pakman

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Re: 30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

Sounds like a question for the Food Tube Team!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD6fTh7r … p;index=20

I would think that the head of brocolli is just that a head of brocolli and the sprouting is the same as the purple sprouting.

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#3 Sun 27 Jan 13 10:14am

Maree

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Re: 30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

Broccolini.


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#4 Sun 27 Jan 13 4:42pm

hippytea

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Re: 30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

I would take "a large head of broccoli" to mean calabrese - the big fleshy green one that looks like a tree.

Purple sprouting broccoli is a type that forms lots of little heads rather than one big one, and is purple. I can't find any alternative names for it - I'm pretty sure it's the one the Italians mean when they say "broccoli", as opposed to "calabrese".

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#5 Sun 27 Jan 13 5:56pm

MsPablo

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Re: 30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

Brassica oleracea italica x alboglabra = broccolini = Tenderstem (small branches with green flowering tops)

Brassica oleracea var. italica 'Purple Sprouting = purple sprouting broccoli (small branches with purple flowering tops)

About Sprouting Broccoli:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/ … g-broccoli

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#6 Sun 27 Jan 13 6:29pm

mummza

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Re: 30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

welcome to the forum LuvnLearnn2Cook smile

I hope these links helps....

Purple sprouting brocoli is a favorite of mine , it grows in shoots of a main stem

https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=10& … J2miXgqBUY

Broccoli ..  (presume that this is what is meant by large head )
https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=10& … mp;bih=652

Tenderstem brocoli ,
https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=10& … mp;bih=652

sprouting brocoli
https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=10& … mp;bih=652

Calabrese
https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=10& … mp;bih=652

Romonesco
https://www.google.co.uk/search?num=10& … mp;bih=652

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#7 Tue 29 Jan 13 4:55pm

Jamie's Food Team

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Re: 30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

A large head of broccoli does indeed refer to the Calabrese variety. It is the more common variety of broccoli and you should be able to find these in most supermarkets and grocers. Purple sprouting broccoli is a seasonal broccoli available in the UK from January through to May – if you can find the seeds where you are in Australia then you must be able to find the actual vegetable in green grocers or supermarkets. It is very similar to tenderstem (broccolini) in size (long, thin stems, small head, leaves) except it has gorgeous purple leaves and head. When Jamie mentions ‘sprouting broccoli’ in his recipes he is referring to purple sprouting broccoli. If you can’t find the purple sprouting broccoli then the recipes will work just as well with broccolini or normal broccoli. Or if you wish you can substitute the broccoli for another type of green – such as beans, asparagus or even spinach. I hope that answers your question.

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#8 Tue 29 Jan 13 9:51pm

Maree

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Re: 30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

Thank you, JFT. Personally, I don't care where my spouting broccoli has purple or green flowers.

Last edited by Maree (Tue 29 Jan 13 9:52pm)


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#9 Wed 30 Jan 13 2:23pm

LuvnLearnn2Cook

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Re: 30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

Jamie's Food Team wrote:

A large head of broccoli does indeed refer to the Calabrese variety. It is the more common variety of broccoli and you should be able to find these in most supermarkets and grocers. Purple sprouting broccoli is a seasonal broccoli available in the UK from January through to May – if you can find the seeds where you are in Australia then you must be able to find the actual vegetable in green grocers or supermarkets. It is very similar to tenderstem (broccolini) in size (long, thin stems, small head, leaves) except it has gorgeous purple leaves and head. When Jamie mentions ‘sprouting broccoli’ in his recipes he is referring to purple sprouting broccoli. If you can’t find the purple sprouting broccoli then the recipes will work just as well with broccolini or normal broccoli. Or if you wish you can substitute the broccoli for another type of green – such as beans, asparagus or even spinach. I hope that answers your question.

Thanks for the reply Food Team. I just picked up the 30 Min Meals dvd and checked the Rib-Eye stir fry recipe where Jamie uses "sprouting broccoli" (he also uses it in the Kinda Sausage Cassoulet in place of Tenderstem) and it doesn't look like purple sprouting broccoli. For one thing, it's green and is thicker. Are you sure they're supposed to be the same thing?

Also, thank you to everyone else who replied.

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#10 Wed 30 Jan 13 2:45pm

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: 30 Min Meals broccoli confusion.

I find they are interchangeable so long as you adjust cooking times to suit the chunkiness or tenderness of the pieces. At times I have exchanged big strong Calabrese broccoli for leafy tender Asian broccoli, perfectly successfully, by cutting it in thinner pieces.
Good luck with it.

PS Always believe the recipe rather than the photo! But in this case I would just use what you have to hand!

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