(Best months for growing Brussels sprouts in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)
Grown for its small (typically 2.5 cm diameter) leafy green buds, which resemble miniature cabbages.
Suited to growing in cooler climates.
Brussel Sprouts will not grow good "sprouts" in warm areas - they open and are floppy.
In warm areas they are likely to become infested with aphids. Pick formed sprouts from the bottom of the stems leaving the plant growing. For winter use in very cold areas, dig up plants that have heads developed and set close together in a cold frame or cellar. Pack soil firmly round the roots. Keep cool but not freezing and they will continue to mature. (Planning an Idaho Vegetable Garden: Educational Communication online Publishing Catalog Gardening www. cals.uidaho.edu/ edComm/catalog.asp.)
Remove any discoloured outer leaves.
Cut in half and steam with other vegetables.
Do not overcook as that produces the distinctive smell that puts people off eating Brussels sprouts!
They go well with a chopped tomato and onion mix.
Traditionally served with roasted chestnuts for Xmas dinner in UK.
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