People often think of brussels sprouts as a Thanksgiving food, but they’re still right in season and are veritable nutrition powerhouses. Brussel Sprouts are full of antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and fills you up at meals.
Brussel sprouts offer protection from bone loss, iron deficiency anaemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases and, colon and prostate cancers.
Brussels sprouts, or Brassica oleracea gemmifera, are related to other better-known vegetables in the Brassica genus like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. They are part of the cruciferae or mustard family, so known because of a four-part flower in the shape of a cross.
Sprouts were believed to have been cultivated in Italy in Roman times, and possibly as early as the 1200s in Belgium.