Melbourne: Scientists claim they have developed a new variety of broccoli that is naturally grown, but sweeter, and contains 40 per cent more antioxidants than usual to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Scientists from Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI) have discovered a new species of “booster broccoli”, the first of a group of super boots, and have more anti-oxidants than the usual variety, an ABC report said Monday.
Rod Jones, a leading scientist at DPI, said the new broccoli is not the result of genetic engineering.

“What we’ve done is go back and keep the natural diversity of nature in mind,” he said.
Jones said DPI has partnered with large companies and tested over 400 varieties of broccoli before selecting the highest anti-oxidant ingredient and now they have decided to breed “booster broccoli.”

“It’s usually about improving the health of our population by getting people to eat vegetables that they know about,” he said.

“This is a premium branded product so the income should be higher for growers,” Jones said.

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