Super food being grown in Fosdyke

Beneforte grower George Read.
Beneforte grower George Read.

A new super-food causing a stir is currently being harvested in fields in Fosdyke.

A new broccoli variety that has been linked with anti-ageing properties and protection from disease is being grown at Fosdyke by farmer George Read.

Beneforté broccoli has been in the news after studies revealed evidence that diets rich in glucosinolates, such as glucoraphanin found in broccoli, can “re-tune” cellular processes that get disrupted as we age. This “re-tuning” may contribute to the reduced risk of cancer for those who eat diets rich in broccoli and similar vegetables, according to a spokesman for George Read.

She said: “Beneforté is naturally higher in glucoraphanin than standard broccoli. George Read is one of a select number of growers currently growing this very special broccoli variety.”

The broccoli is a result of over ten years of cross-pollination and selection to combine the best attributes of commercial broccoli with a wild variety that has a unique, increased ability to produce phytonutrients such as glucoraphanin, according to the product’s website.

George said: “As a member of LEAF we can ensure that not only does Beneforté have health benefits, it’s also farmed to high environmental standards which promote sustainable food and farming.

“The land across south Lincolnshire is extremely fertile and provides perfect growing conditions.”