Sweet sprouting broccoli. The first sign at the farmers market that the seasons are shifting. This one veg shows up early like crocus in the garden to send up a flare for hope that the cycle of winter is coming to an end.
It can be prepared the same way as conventional broccoli. Sauté it in olive oil. Dunk it in bagna caudal. Simmer it in stock with beer and cheddar cheese for soup. Dip it raw into hummus for a crunchy afternoon snack.
Its an easy addition to stir fry. The tender shoots do not require much extra cooking. Sautéing on high heat with garlic, ginger, and a pinch of chili flakes tastes delicious over sticky rice.