Brussels Sprouts are truly one of nature’s little gems, a true delicacy among vegetables.
Seeing a display of the bright-green sprouts at the
market is a visual treat. This delightful
and nutrition-rich vegetable may look like a
little cabbage (it’s from the same botanical family), but its flavor is milder and its texture
denser. Brussels Sprouts have an undeserved reputation among some, including many children, as being a
vegetable to avoid. Unfortunately, they’re basing that on tasting Brussels Sprouts that have been
poorly prepared and overcooked, which is the worst
thing you can do to a Sprout.
What these people — and the millions who have never tried Brussels Sprouts — don’t
know is that when cooked to perfection, Brussels Sprouts offer one of the great taste sensations in the
culinary world. There are countless stories from people who have tried properly prepared Brussels
Sprouts and became lifelong fans of the vegetable’s delicate, nutty flavor. People love them
gently sautéed in butter, grilled with garlic and olive oil, or oven-roasted with parmesan and
breadcrumbs until crunchy. This is just a fraction of the many ways Brussels Sprouts can
Brussels Sprouts also happen to pack a potent nutritional punch. As a member of
the cruciferous vegetable family, Brussels Sprouts contain significant amounts of
antioxidants, vitamin C and
beta-carotene (vitamin A), and nitrogen compounds, which may reduce the risk of certain cancers.
One of the few vegetables to originate in northern Europe, Brussels Sprouts got their name from
being cultivated near the Belgian capital in the late 16th Century. After World War I, cultivation
grew throughout Europe. They’re still hugely popular in Great Britain, where some consider it
the national vegetable.
Brussels Sprouts grow on stalks with 20 to 40 on the stem of a plant that grows
from two to three feet
tall. Our experts hand cut Ocean Mist Brussels Sprouts from their tall stalks and
sort them by size for consistency and ease of
purchase. Available year-round, Ocean Mist Brussels Sprouts are packed in a
variety of ways for customer convenience, including clamshells, stalks and in the ready-to-cook