Summer is here, and its growing season for many crops, including Brussels sprouts. These veggies can be eaten year-round and prepared in a variety of ways. The most popular ways to eat these veggies are steaming, frying, and even pickled. When prepared correctly, the veggie is crisp and has a sweet, nutty flavor. Brussels sprouts also pack a punch; they have a variety of nutrients and provide lots of energy. While you steam this healthy snack, check out these facts about Brussels sprouts.

  1. The veggie was originally cultivated in Ancient Rome.
  2. Brussels sprouts are named after Brussels, the capital of Belgium.
  3. In the 1700s, French settlers brought the vegetables to Louisiana.
  4. Since the early 1900s, the crop has been grown commercially in California.
  5. California is the nation’s top producer. Washington and New York are the next top producers.
  6. The United State produces 70 million pounds of sprouts each year.
  7. The British consume the most Brussels sprouts.
  8. Brussels sprouts are a form of cabbage.
  9. The veggie grows in stalks.
  10. The crop can be harvested 90 to 180 days after planting.
  11. The stalks grow best in cool climates and are usually harvested after a frost.
  12. These vegetables contain sulfur, which is why they smell.

Interesting Facts

  • There is one specific gene responsible for the bitter taste. If you have this specific gene, the veggie will taste bitter.
  • In 2008, Linus Urbanect ate 31 Brussels sprouts in one minute.
  • One sprout weighed more than 18 pounds and was harvested in the United Kingdom in 1992.
  • Sprouts supplied enough power to light up a Christmas tree in the United Kingdom.
  • One plant grew to 9’ 3” in the United States in 2000.

 

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