Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday’s Cupful: Background on Brussels Sprouts

Hearty green orbs 

This particular veggie has more fans abroad – especially in the U.K. - compared to the U.S. Brussels sprouts look like miniature cabbages that are roughly 1 inch in diameter. Food folklore tells that the plant originated in 13th-Century Rome. Later sources credit Thomas Jefferson with bringing “Brussels sprouts” to Virginia in 1812. These sprouts belong to the Brassicaceae family, which also includes cabbage, broccoli, and kale. The round sprouts grow in bunches or clusters along lengthy and hard stems. Meanwhile, expect a cabbage-like flavor with a hint of nuttiness in each bite of cooked Brussels sprouts. Any portion of Brussels sprouts includes vitamins C, K, and A. Cooks can cook this veggie by boiling, steaming, roasting, or adding them to a stir-fry.

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