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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Brussels Sprouts

Most people may not be too fond of these miniature cabbages, but I love them! The sprouts as we know them today, were first grown around the 1200s in Belgium. I suppose that is why they are called Brussels Sprouts. They were imported and cultivated in the U.S. around the 1800s.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts were first cultivated near Brussels, Belgium, in the 16th century - hence the name. This healthy veggie was just one of the good things Thomas Jefferson introduced to the United States.

One cup of cooked Brussels sprouts (156 g) contains only 56 calories and is an excellent source of folate and vitamins A, C and K. This same portion provides a good source of fiber, iron, potassium, manganese, thiamin, vitamin B6 and offers a substantial quantity of the carotenoid antioxidant beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Austrian researchers have shown that the consumption of Brussels sprouts can reduce DNA damage by nearly 40%, and that consumption of Brussels sprouts increased blood vitamin C levels by 37%.

Brussels sprouts appear to fight free radicals with double barrels: with both direct antioxidants –which work directly to neutralize free radicals - and indirect antioxidants – which stimulate the body's own antioxidant systems. Brussels are therefore an Antioxidant Superfood.
~Source: Dole Food Facts.

Brussels Sprouts can be boiled, steamed and even roasted. Most people complain about the smell when cooking these veggies; that is a result of cooking them too long. Usually 6 to 7 minutes is enough, but when they get overcooked they release that potent smell people dislike.

Fresh sprouts can be recognized by their bright green color. They should not have any discoloration and should feel firm. They can be stored in the refrigerator for several days and can also be frozen.

Even though you may not like these little cabbages, don't get discouraged. You ought trying to spruce them up some. There are lots of recipes, offering all kinds of different ways to prepare them. It is likely you will find one that pleases your taste buds and works best for you.

The same goes for everything that might be happening in your life: don't get discouraged. God works in mysterious ways and has a plan in place which will work out for the best!

Psalm 31:24
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.


Blogger jel said...

didn't know what they were till I went to Calf back when I was a teenager :)

now I love them Brussels

August 19, 2009 5:52 PM  
Blogger Corry said...

I love them too and with a home made cheese sauce they are a delicacy!


God's Grace.

August 20, 2009 2:33 PM  

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