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November 28, 2005

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Where I come from in England is the world's biggest producer of Brussel Sprouts (I wonder why we call them that, do you know?).

Where you come from they produce some of the world's finest beer. Both acquired tastes but I'd gladly swap

Well Sam, this is what I found about them:

Brussels sprout
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Brussels sprout (Brassica oleracea Gemmifera Group) is a cultivar group of Wild Cabbage cultivated for its small (typically 2.5-4 cm diameter) leafy heads, which resemble miniature cabbages.

Brussels sprouts were first cultivated in Belgium, and are therefore named after its capital, Brussels.

Brussels sprouts grow on long thick stalks, from which they must be picked off, usually by hand. In the UK, they are a traditional winter vegetable, and are often eaten boiled with a roast dinner. They can also be stir-fried or made into soup. They contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fiber.

According to a survey in 2002, Brussels sprouts are Britain's most hated vegetable; however, in 2005, a poll of 2,000 people named it as Britain's 5th favourite vegetable. Brussels sprout aficionados attribute the hatred of the sprouts to overcooking, which releases sulphur compounds in the vegetables that give it an unpleasant smell.(apparently they are becoming fashionable?)

Brussels sprouts are commonly misspelled and mispronounced as "Brussel sprouts".

Well there you go, I've learned something new today (including how to spell ;) )

Nice to see the humble Brussels Sprout is becoming fashionable. Perhaps Bedfordshire will see a renaissance on the back of a Brussels revolution?

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