Brussels Sprouts

A vegetable in the mustard family, brussels sprouts have long, stout cabbagelike buds.They look like perfect miniature versions of cabbage since they are closely related, both belong to the Brassica family of vegetables. Brussels Sprouts were named after the capital of Belgium where it is thought that they were first cultivated. They are also one of the few vegetables to have originated in northern Europe. Brussels sprouts require a long growing period, though newer hybrids have greatly reduced this requirement.Brussels sprouts are available year round; however, they are at their best from autumn through early spring when they are at the peak of their growing season.