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Word of the Day: Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Said to have been cultivated in 16th century Belgium, Brussels sprouts are  a member of the cabbage family, and indeed resemble tiny cabbage heads. Many rows of sprouts grow on a single long stalk. They range from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter; the smaller sprouts are more tender. Brussels sprouts are available August through March. Buy small bright green sprouts with compact heads. Store unwashed sprouts in an airtight plastic bag in the refrigerator up to three days. Brussels sprouts, a cruciferous vegetable, are high in vitamins A and C, and are a fair source of iron.

WestchesterEats highly recommends Food Lover’s Companion by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst for your kitchen library. Word of the Day is an extraction from their most recent edition with more than 6,700 entries A – Z.

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