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Brussels sprouts

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If you've never had homegrown Brussels sprouts, you're in for a treat. They're smaller than those found in the supermarket, with a sweeter, more nutty flavor that's utterly delicious.

Brussels sprout plants have thick, trunklike stalks that grow 2-3 feet long, studded up and down with the edible sprouts, which look like baby cabbages. Each stalk may produce 50-100 sprouts. It is a slow-growing vegetable that requires 90 days or more to reach maturity. In most regions, start plants in spring for a fall harvest. Wait until after a few frosts to harvest. They'll be much milder-flavored and sweeter.


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1-2 feet wide

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more varieties for Brussels sprouts

'Jade Cross E Hybrid' Brussels sprouts
'Jade Cross E Hybrid' Brussels sprouts
is an improvement over the old 'Jade Cross Hybrid,' incorporating tolerance of botrytis, a fungal disease, into its characteristics. It matures early and bears dark green sprouts.
'Red Rubine' Brussels sprouts
'Red Rubine' Brussels sprouts
is an heirloom variety with purplish-red sprouts that hold their color even after cooking. It is an attractive alternative to the more common green varieties.

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