Brussels Sprouts
Health Benefits | Fun Facts | Selection Tips | Availability | Storage | Recipes

These miniature cabbages pack a storehouse of nutrients and add a unique texture and flavor to the table. A European favorite, the British love their sprouts, and include them in their everyday diets. In the United States, this vegetable has a reputation as being “healthy”—which is absolutely true! Packed with vitamins, minerals, and even protein, it’s a terrific addition to your 5 a Day Plan. But cooked just right, and seasoned with a touch of butter, this tender treat can have a reputation for being delicious as well. Cooked, the soft interior of this vegetable is mouthwateringly tender and rich in flavor. The wrap-around leaves can serve to hold butter, seasonings, or a favorite sauce. No other vegetable looks quite like this, and it adds character to any meal.

Health Benefits
Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants—Brussels sprouts have it all. With an abundance of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, protein, and calcium, this little green vegetable is complex and nutritious. It also contains lutein, a compound that promotes eye health. Brussels sprouts are an especially wise choice for moms-to-be, as they are high in folate, which helps prevent against spinal and neural tube defects.

Fun Facts

  • Almost 70 million pounds of Brussels sprouts are grown in the U.S.
  • Six times as many are grown in Great Britain, where this vegetable is extremely popular.
  • Brussels sprouts are a member of the mustard family
  • These “baby cabbages” were first grown in Brussels, Belgium.

Selection Tips
When choosing apples at the store, avoid ones with bruises or broken skin.

Availability
The Fresh1 brussels sprouts come from California and they are available all year round.

Storage
Refrigerate fresh sprouts in a plastic bag. Use within a week of purchase.

 
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