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Everything you need to know about Brussels Sprouts

by Toni Olukiran

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Brussels sprouts are often wheeled out during Christmas and can draw mixed reactions from any family at dinner, but actually they don’t get the credit they deserve. From nutritional benefits to unlocking its true potential with flavours, here are the reasons why brussels sprouts should be on your plate all year round.

What are brussels sprouts?

Brussels sprouts are a plant resembling mini cabbages that are typically eaten around Christmastime in the UK. They are native to Belgium — near Brussels, hence the name. Many people dislike sprouts due to its bitterness, but — fun fact — the bitterness of them has decreased due to plant breeding techniques. So, if you remember hating them as a kid but have come around to them in recent years, this might be why!

Do brussels sprouts have nutritional value?

Sprouts are super high in nutrients, and are a great food to incorporate into your diet, due to being:

  • High in fibre
  • A deceptively good source of protein (just eight sprouts contain 5g of protein)
  • A good source of a range of minerals, including iron and manganese
  • A good source of vitamin A, C and B vitamins

Four brussels sprouts count as one of your five-a-day, making it an easy and tasty way of packing all the good plant stuff in your diet. And though we only eat them in December, they’re actually in season from October to March. Now looking for a recipe? We’ve got you covered.

Parsnip and brussels sprouts bake

Brussels sprouts don’t just have to be boiled — and they really come alive when roasted. This recipe combines the slight bitter taste of sprouts with sweet pomegranate seeds and crunchy walnuts. Eat it hot or cold, as a side or in a salad for delicious results.  

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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