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Digital Subscriptions > Kitchen Garden Magazine > December 2017 > SPROUTS:


Do you love your Brussels sprouts or are they confined to Christmas dinners? Heritage veg enthusiast Rob Smith loves them and highlights some of his favourite old varieties


Brussels sprouts have to be one of the biggest ‘Marmite’ vegetables around. Love them or hate them, there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground when it comes to these teeny cabbagelike vegetables. I blame most of the negative press on school dinners, with sprouts that were carelessly boiled for around three and a half days, making them soft, squishy, and stinky too! However, this may not be the whole story.There is modern research to suggest that some humans could have a hypersensitive gene dating back to Neanderthal times.

This gene makes us sensitive to bitter tastes, including those given off by some Brussels sprouts varieties. So the next time someone blames school dinners for their chronic hatred of sprouts, remind them not to blame the poor dinner ladies as it could be in their genes. Some people are just born to hate sprouts!

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