Dragon Tree – Broccoli with Orange and K4 Cultured Ginger
by Chef Linz Hart-MacDiarmid
What’s better than food that’s impressive to look at but simple to make? The answer: food that’s impressive, simple to make and full of the benefits of probiotics! This Dragon Tree salad is a wonderfully unusual balance of flavours with the tender raw florets of broccoli, juicy freshness of citrus and smooth nuttiness of brazil nuts. If you love discovering new flavour combinations while keeping things refreshingly healthy, this is one for you.
- 1 head of broccoli – florets only (the stalk is a little too bitter for this kind of recipe)
- 2 spray-free oranges or tangelos
- 2 tbsp K4 Cultured Ginger, finely sliced (or to your taste)
- A handful of brazil nuts (optional, omit for AIP)
- Flaky sea salt
- Crushed black peppercorns
- After slicing all the florets of the head of the broccoli (discarding the stalk) rinse under cold water.
- Blend the florets well in a food processor until the pieces become grain sized – place the broccoli in a bowl and place to one side.
- Zest 2 oranges or tangelos, then peel the skin of the fruit and keep aside. Carefully fillet the citrus flesh and add to blended broccoli.
- Finely slice 1 tbsp of the K4 Cultured Ginger, add to broccoli citrus mix. A dash of the Cultured Ginger brine can also be added here is desired.
- Optional – but for added crunch, throw in a handful of brazil nuts (omit for AIP).
- In your blender add the zest, orange membrane, another tbsp of sliced K4 Cultured Ginger, flaky salt to taste, lots of black pepper and process till smooth.
- Dish up as a main or as an accompaniment to a delicious meaty main.
Broccoli is a nutrient-rich food, and by keeping the florets uncooked in this recipe you get as much bang for your buck in regards to getting as many of those nutrients into your body. The list of beneficial goodies in broccoli is extensive, such as being a brilliant source of fibre and protein. It also contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K. Furthermore broccoli contains a wide array of B vitamins including folic acid, an important vitamin for women who are planning on becoming pregnant - it’s important to have folic acid in your diet as the foetus will need it during its very early development.
The other star of the show in this recipe is the bright and sunny orange. Well known for being a great source of Vitamin C - something we all need to be getting plenty of when the cold and flu season is underway - they also contain compounds known as flavanones. Research has shown that these phytochemicals help protect the body from things such as heart disease and cancer, as well as being anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antimicrobial. This powerhouse fruit should be on the menu as often as possible. Pair these wonderful flavanones with the gut healing benefits of probiotics and you're good as gold.