July 10, 2012
Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collard greens, and kohlrabi are cultivated forms of wild mustard. Each cultivar has been selectively bred to encourage certain phenotypes.
Brussels sprouts have been bred to produce a tender bulb upon sprouting that lacks the bitter tastes found in other cultivars.
The small globes sprout along in helical patterns. They can be twisted off (or mechanically separated) five to fifteen sprouts at a time. Or the whole thing can be chopped easily, though harvesting in this manner prevents subsequent flushes.
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