What to do with Brussels sprout

    Brussel sprouts nutrition facts

    Brussel sprouts are small, leafy green buds resembling like miniature cabbages in appearance. The buds nonetheless are exceptionally rich sources of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In fact, a renewed interest is growing about health benefits of these sprouts have to offer.

    Botanically, the sprouts belong to the same Brassica family of vegetables, which also includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, and kale. Scientific name: Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group).

    Brussels sprouts are winter crops that flourish well under cool weather and light frosting conditions. Well-grown plant reaches about 90 cm in height. The sprouts develop all along the stalk, starting from the base and moving upward. Each sprout, in general, features similarity in appearance and structure to cabbage, but only very small in size, measuring about 1-1.5 inches in diameter.

    In structure, each head?consists of clusters of stiff leaves superimposed in compact layers, giving it a round or globular shape as in cabbages.

    In order to get uniform sprouts, the tip of the stalk is cut as soon as sprouts at the bottom begin to develop. These developing buds should be protected from the sunlight since the sprouts that exposed to hot weather do not form into compact buds. Sprouts are one of the most popular vegetables in the United States, and Mediterranean Europe.

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