Plant of the Month: Brussel Sprouts

Stalk of brussels sproutsSprout stalks can be tricked into producing mature buds all at once by cutting their tops off three weeks prior to harvest.

These mini-cabbages mature best in cool weather, otherwise turn flimsy and bitter.

Brussel sprouts are an excellent source of Vitamin K

Brussel sprouts taste sweetest after a surviving a frost.

The odor associated with sprouts comes from the organic compound glucosinolate sinigrin, which only reduces sulfuric smells when overcooked.

The sprouts earliest ancestors were grown in ancient Rome, although they didn’t resemble modern varieties until the 13th century.

For just 43 calories, Brussel sprouts boast 102 percent of your daily Vitamin C.

Thomas Jefferson’s slaves famously grew Brussel sprouts at Monticello.

Brassica Oleracea
Plant Form: Vegetable
Water: Generous
Exposure: Full Sun
Plant: October
Harvest: 100 – 110 days
Native to: Belgium

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