Broccolini is the New Kale
For a while, kale was the must-eat food that was on every shopping list. The trendy green crossed over from being a healthy superfood to a grocery luxury that anyone could incorporate into their meals. But in the past couple of years, Broccolini has become the hottest green.
With a long stalk, Broccolini was originally developed over eight years by the Sakata Seed Company of Yokohama, Japan. It was developed as a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese cabbage, rather than being genetically modified with the goal of combining the crunchy stem of asparagus with broccoli’s attractive florets.
We should also keep an eye on two even lesser-known hybrid greens: kalettes (little bulbs of Brussels sprouts with kale leaves) and caulilini (cauliflower with the slender stems to broccolini) seem like sure bets for high-end store shelves.