Thought your coffee order couldn't get any more pretentious? Think again. Hort Innovation and CSIRO have developed a broccoli powder, containing one serving of the vegetable for every two tablespoons. And one Melbourne cafe is already using the stuff to brew its own latte.
Sure, it might seem like a weird addition to your cuppa, but coffee easily masks the taste. Plus, it's mild enough that it can also be used for smoothies, soups, baking or for sneaking greens into your kids’ meals (win).
“With a rising trend in healthy eating across the board, Australian growers are always looking at ways to diversify their products and cut waste while meeting consumer demand,” says Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloyd.
“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."
“The powders are an option for farmers who want to produce value-added vegetable ingredients for the lucrative functional food markets,” adds lead researcher, CSIRO’s Mary Ann Augustin.
“The broccoli powder has already been used for the production of extruded snacks with high vegetable content. Prototype extruded snacks with 20-100 per cent vegetable content were displayed during National Science Week at the Queen Victoria Market last year and were well-received by parents and even by kids.”
Any way that helps us get in our five-a-day (without having to actually chow down on plate loads of veg) sounds alright to us.
This article originally appeared on Men's Health.