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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts get their name because they were grown around Brussels, Belgium as early as the 13th century.

The ancient Chinese recommended sprouts as a treatment for bowel problems.

The earliest recorded reference in English to Brussels sprouts dates back only to 1796.

Eliza Acton's Modern Cookery for Private Families, published in London in 1845 was the first basic cookbook written for the housewife. It included the first recipe for Brussels Sprouts.

The first recipe for Brussels sprouts advertised buttering them and serving them on toast.

The world record for the most sprouts eaten is 31 in one minute, which was set by Linus Urbanec from Sweden on November 26, 2008. He ate them one at a time using a cocktail stick.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly ate Brussels sprouts on their honeymoon in the Seychelles – the vegetable is supposedly an aid to fertility because it is so high in folic acid.

49-year-old Stuart Kettell rolled a Brussels sprout to the top of Mount Snowdon using only his nose, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support. It took him four days, completing the feat on August 2, 2014.

Brussels sprouts taste less bitter than they did 20 years ago, as a result of selective breeding

They are a member of the same vegetable family as broccoli, kale, cauliflower and cabbage.

The total annual production of Brussels sprouts in the USA is almost 70 million pounds, and almost all of the production happens in California.

Broccoli, cabbage, and brussels sprouts all contain a little bit of cyanide—eating them primes your liver to deal better with other poisons.


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