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Australia’s Science Agency Pulverizes Surplus Broccoli To Make Beverage Powders

June 8, 2018: 12:00 AM EST

Australian vegetable farmers routinely leave 10 to 20 percent of their crop in the field as unsaleable surplus to be ploughed back into the soil. The country’s scientific research agency (CSIRO), however, has been working on ways to transform surplus produce from waste into nutritious, edible vegetable powders to fortify beverages, including coffee. Its latest coffee additive project – it has already tried beetroot, coconut, turmeric, and blue algae – is broccoli, a nutrient-rich vegetable with plenty of fiber, vitamins A, B1 and B6, potassium, zinc, magnesium, and other healthful ingredients. For coffee, the broccoli powder is added to a shot of espresso before the steamed milk is added, then also sprinkled on top. According to one CSIRO scientist, two tablespoons of broccoli powder is equivalent to one serving of vegetables. [Image Credit: © CSIRO]

Clint Jasper, "Broccoli powder: The innovation scientists hope can improve diets, reduce crop waste", The New Daily (Australia), June 08, 2018, © The New Daily
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