Want to make Christmas dinner more interesting - and more healthy? M&S are bringing red 'super sprouts' to the UK high street for the first time. The additional colouring shows the additional health benefits of the vegetables.
For example, red vegetables naturally contain higher levels of vitamin C than green sprouts, although they should be cooked lightly with steam or in a microwave to preserve the anthocyanin and vitamin C. Red sprouts are grown in soils rich in minerals, for antioxidant benefits.
The special sprouts are grown by brothers Andrew and Frank Roger, who have been working with M&S since 1976. M&S has previously sold so-called ACE peppers that were high in vitamins A, C and E, as well as tomatoes enriched with the mineral selenium and vitamin-rich sweet broccoli.
M&S agronomist Dr Simon Coupe said: “We’ve been working with our sprout producers for over 30 years and are really excited to be offering customers these striking red sprouts. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and keep their vivid colour after cooking, so will be a great addition to the dinner plate this Christmas.”
Red sprouts are available at M&S from end November, priced at £1.79.