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Brussels sprout

The Brussels sprout (Brassica oleracea gemmifera) is a variety of cabbage cultivated for its small (typically 1 inch/ 2.5cm across) leafy heads, which resemble miniature cabbages.

Brussels sprouts were first cultivated in Belgium, and are therefore named after its capital, Brussels.

Brussels sprouts grow on long thick stalks, from which they must be picked off, usually by hand. In the UK, they are a traditional winter vegetable, and are often eaten boiled with a roast dinner. They can also be stir fried or made into soup.

According to a survey in 2002, Brussels sprouts are Britain's most hated vegetable. Brussels sprout aficionados attribute the hatred of the sprouts to overcooking, pointing out that if this is avoided, the vegetable possesses a delicious, delicate flavour.

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