Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts

      small cabbage belonging to the mustard family (Brassica oleracea variety gemmifera), widely grown in Europe and the United States. In its seedling stage and early development, the plant closely resembles the common cabbage, but the main stem grows to a height of 60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) and the axillary buds along the stem develop into small heads (sprouts) similar to heads of cabbage but measuring 25 to 40 mm (1 to 1.6 inches) in diameter. Most varieties are green, but red-leaved varieties have also been developed.

      Brussels sprouts may have been grown in Belgium as early as 1200, but the first recorded description of it dates to 1587. The plant requires a mild, cool climate and is harmed by hot weather. The most desirable specimens are bright in colour, with tightly closed leaves; the small, young sprouts have a more delicate flavour than older types. Brussels sprouts are a good source of vitamins A and C.

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