Broccoli is a nutritious and delicious tree-resembling vegie that often gets a bad review from kids (and dare I say many adults too!). But if they grow it themselves, they may be more likely to accept it on their plate. Broccoli is a cool season crop that is best planted in the early autumn months in most parts of the country. For the coldest districts, we recommend starting a little earlier. While its growing season can be a little short-lived, it will be well worth the effort and can help get little green thumbs outdoors and getting their hands dirty in the cooler months. Plus, a home-grown broccoli floret is sure to be a whole lot tastier and fresher than its supermarket counterparts.
A great way for your little green thumbs to enjoy their ‘little green trees’.
As much broccoli as you can harvest – the more the merrier, chop into florets
1 packet of your favourite twisty pasta
2 garlic cloves, minced
Zest of 1 lemon
1 heaped teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup toasted pinenuts
Fresh Parmesan cheese
Pepper to taste
Broccoli is an undeniable superfood filled to the brim with nutritional goodness. It contains a noteworthy amount of vitamin C for little immune systems, calcium for healthy bones and fibre for happy tummies. Plus hidden inside every little floret of broccoli is a protective substance known as sulforaphane that can shield us from nasty chronic diseases.