Want to put the fun back into your five a day? A new range of veg is on offer in Tesco and Marks & Spencer, including multi-coloured carrots, amazingly grown in Norfolk, and a super-broccoli that tastes sweeter and provides anti-cancer, heart-boosting properties.
The crunchy carrots grow in colours such as purple, yellow and amber. They are grown naturally, cultivated from varieties that were thought to have gone out of fashion.
Tesco vegetable buyer Steve Williams said: "Some people who have tried them have said that the white and yellow ones are slightly sweeter than the orange variety and are also crunchier."
The Beneforté broccoli contains up to three times as much glucoraphanin – a compound found to have anti-cancer properties that is also good for the heart. A welcome side effect is a sweeter, less bitter, taste to the veg.
The John Innes Centre and Institute of Food Research in Norwich have spent 20 years researching unusual veg.
Dr Simon Coupe, M&S agronomist, said: "It takes a long programme of growing to bring these products to market and we’re proud to be able to be first to launch this product."