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