Unlike one of our former presidents, my family loves roasted brussels sprouts. In fact, I like ’em boiled, steamed and even raw. We refer to them as little cabbages, and you will frequently find them on our menu at home.
It’s proper name is a brussels sprout, but who can eat only one? They’re named after the capital city of Belgium and that makes it easier to remember, but we won’t make fun of you if you fall back to brussel sprouts.
They are actually part of the cabbage family, and are the edible buds that grow from a long stalk instead of the typical small round one. It’s a winter vegetable and the majority for U.S. consumption are grown in California.
Brussels sprouts contain a lot of vitamin K, so if you are a hemophiliac, or already take other anti-coagulents don’t eat too many.
And just one more thing…
It’s rumored that cartoonist E.C. Segar, the creator of Popeye, originally envisioned brussels sprouts as the source of his prodigious strength. He could “pop” them into his mouth like candy to initiate his transformation. When word reached the spinach lobby it “persuaded” Mr. Segar to change his mind. Hmmm.