Love or loath them, Brussels sprouts are a must for your Christmas Day dinner so here we dive into fun facts about everyone’s favourite mini cabbages!
The 31st of January is the official Eat Brussel Sprouts Day, and we’re all for it!
Whether you despise or adore the tiny green gems there’s no denying they steal the show when it comes to Christmas Day dinner, which is why we’ve rounded up a few fun facts on these balls of deliciousness…
No Christmas day or party would be complete without a party game which is why here in the UK love Sprout Racing – Yes Sprout Racing! The quirky Christmas tradition sees competitors use hollowed-out sprouts and blow through a straw to propel them across a designated track, yes this really is a thing!
According to AI: Brussels sprouts were first cultivated in ancient Rome, but they gained popularity in Belgium during the 16th century, which is where they got their name.
Brussels sprouts are often referred to as “mini cabbages” due to their resemblance to small versions of cabbage, so technically does that mean we don’t need both cabbage and sprouts on the Christmas dinner feast?…nice try!
Brussels sprouts often get a bad rap for being the “unwanted” vegetable on Christmas dinner plates. There’s even a running joke that Brussels sprouts are the only food that needs to be cooked in order to be thrown away!
The general recommendation is to consume about 1 to 1.5 cups of Brussels sprouts per day for adults, which is roughly equivalent to 6 to 9 sprouts. If you were to eat one serving (let’s say 1 cup) of Brussels sprouts every day for a year, it would amount to approximately 365 to 548 cups, or about 2,190 to 3,288 sprouts per year SAY WHAT?! Challenge not accepted!
They are packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, fibre, and antioxidants, making them a nutritious addition to any diet.
According to AI, it was estimated that around 80 million servings of Brussels sprouts are consumed in the UK on Christmas Day alone!
While Brussels sprouts might earn a reputation for making you “toot,” not everyone experiences this effect. The gas-producing quality of Brussels sprouts is due to their high fibre content and certain carbohydrates called FODMAPs.
Here in the UK, you should plant Brussels sprouts in late spring or early summer for an Autumn harvest. Aim for planting between April and June for best results.
Brussels sprouts pair well with various flavours, including bacon, balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and mustard, enhancing their taste in different recipes.
We all know that air frying is the in thing right now! and, Brussels sprouts take about 15 to 20 minutes to cook in an air fryer at a temperature of around 375°F (190°C).
Whether you’re a sprout enthusiast or a sceptic, we hope these fun brussel sprouts facts will let the spirit of the season infuse every bite. Here’s to making your holiday feast merrier and tastier than ever.