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About Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are believed to have originated in Ancient Rome. They did become popular in Brussels, Belgium, which is where they got their name. Today, they are very popular in the United States and Europe. The Netherlands is the largest producer of these vegetables.

Brussels sprouts are related to cauliflower, kale, and mustard greens as members of the Brassicaceae vegetable family. These healthy vegetables resemble mini cabbages that grow along 2- to 3-foot stems. When ready to be harvested, they are twisted gently off the stem and break away from the plant.  While they have a bitter taste when eaten raw, they tend to be sweet and nutty when cooked properly. They do taste similar to cabbage but are much milder in flavor. 

Brussels sprouts are very nutritious and offer a wide range of health benefits. Each cup of raw Brussels sprouts contains only 38 calories and 8 grams of carbohydrates. They are a great source of fiber and high in the following vitamins:
  • Vitamin K. This vitamin is helpful in blood clotting and bone growth.
  • Vitamin C. High in antioxidants, vitamin C fights damaging free radicals.
  • Manganese. Manganese is valuable for both a healthy brain and nervous system.
  • Folate. Also known as vitamin B9, folate is essential in making DNA and RNA and also metabolizing amino acids.
  • Vitamin A. Vitamin A supports healthy vision, immunity, and cell growth.
  • Vitamin B6. Also known as pyridoxine, this water-soluble vitamin is valuable in protein metabolism and red blood cell formation.
Along with being high in the vitamins above, Brussels sprouts offer several other positive health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, specifically kaempferol, which reduces oxidative stress in your cells and lowers your risk of developing chronic diseases. Brussels sprouts may also aid in protecting you against cancer. Studies have shown that the antioxidants in these vegetables prevent cancer growth and increase the level of detoxification enzymes in the body. They may also help maintain healthy blood sugar levels due to their high fiber content.

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FAQs About Brussels Sprouts

There are three main ways to prepare and serve Brussels sprouts. The one you choose really depends on individual opinion and tastes. Before you cook your Brussels sprouts, rinse them and remove any yellow or brown leaves.
  • Steam. Boil a pot of water with a steam basket on top. Cook for approximately seven minutes. Then season as you prefer with salt, pepper, butter, and other herbs or spices.
  • Sauté. In a large pan over medium to high heat, add olive oil and minced garlic to taste. Halve the Brussels sprouts while the olive oil and garlic are warming up. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan and stir for 10 minutes until browned. You can also season with salt, pepper, butter, and herbs or spices of your choice.
  • Roast. Halve your Brussels sprouts and place them in a bowl. Add salt, pepper, minced garlic, and olive oil. Stir to combine, then spread them on a baking sheet. You can use parchment paper if you're concerned with them sticking. Roast in a 400 F oven for 15 minutes.

Like many other vegetables, Brussels sprouts should be kept in the coldest part of the fridge. Before storing, remove any damaged leaves. Place them in a plastic bag and then store them in your refrigerator. If you buy Brussels sprouts on the stalk, keep them on until you are ready to prepare them.

If you're looking for ways to make Brussels sprouts more flavorful, try adding some of these optional add-ins to your next Brussels sprouts side dish. When sauteing, add in a bit of bacon, pancetta, or prosciutto. After steaming Brussels sprouts, mix in freshly chopped or dried herbs such as chives, dill, or thyme. Before roasting your sprouts, add a few sprinkles of balsamic vinegar. The best thing to do is experiment with different flavors and see what you like.
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