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Brussels sprouts (photo courtesy of Frédéric Didillon/Mise au Point)
Brussels sprouts (photo courtesy of Frédéric Didillon/Mise au Point)

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Brussels sprouts

Brussels Sprouts
Brassicaceae (Cruciferae)
Annuals, Vegetables

A cabbage relative of unusual appearance. Mature plant has a crown of fairly large leaves, and its tall stem is completely covered with small sprouts. It is fairly easy to grow where summers are not too hot, long, or dry.

‘Jade Cross Hybrid’ is the most heat-tolerant; ‘Valiant’ has excellent flavor. ‘Prince Marvel’ is the earliest to harvest in Alaska. You may have to grow your own from seed. In cold-winter climates, set out seedlings you start yourself, or nursery transplants in spring for summer-to-fall harvest; in mild-winter areas, plant in late summer and fall for winter-to-spring production.

When big leaves start to yellow, begin picking. Snap off sprouts from the bottom first—they’re best when slightly smaller than a golf ball. Leave little sprouts on the upper stem to mature. After picking, remove only leaves below harvested sprouts. A single plant will yield from 50 to 100 sprouts. Has the same pests as cabbage.

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