You might not have heard of kalettes or broccoflowers, but they could well be on your plate before the year is out

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Are you eating strawberry sweetcorn yet?

Flower sprouts or 'kalettes' (kale + Brussels sprouts)

This brand new vegetable is billed as a fresh fusion of fresh and nutty. British vegetable seed house Tozer Seeds spent 15 years developing the non-GM kalettes using traditional cross-breeding and this tasty, versatile vegetable can be sautéed, roasted, grilled or eaten raw.

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Broccoflowers (broccoli + cauliflower) 

This lovely name actually covers two different hybrids. The first is a cauliflower with a lime green tint, tasting like a cauliflower but slightly sweeter. The other is romanesco broccoli, with its vibrant colour, sweet flavour and amazing otherworldly pattern.

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Broccolini (broccoli + Chinese broccoli)

Originally developed in Japan, this sweet, peppery vegetable was first called "apabroc" before settling on the much nicer "broccolini". Look out for that peppery kick and try it sauteed.

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Rainbow carrots

Now if there's one sure way to make kids eat their vegetables, it's painting them different colours and putting the word rainbow in the title. These have been developed to try and get more beta-carotene into carrots. They're multi-coloured carrots. We're sold.

 

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Red strawberry sweetcorn

These guys look like berries, but they're actually a breed of sweetcorn. These gorgeous bright red kernels are apparently amazing for making popcorn.

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Indigo rose tomatoes

The colour of a plum, the taste of a tomato? It's all too much. These might look like something for Halloween, but apparently they're more savoury than red tomatoes and great roasted or eaten in salads. Yum.

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