On January 31, we celebrate Eat brussels Sprouts Day.
Brussels sprouts, a type of leaf vegetables that we can find everywhere in the grocery store. They can be classified as the Gemmifera group of cabbages, which are grown for their edible buds.
Back to the 5th century, brussels sprouts were first found in northern Europe. In 1587, the first written record of this crop appeared. Later on, in the 16th century, brussels sprouts became exceedingly popular in the southern Netherlands and eventually northern Europe.
In the late 18th century, some French colonists brought brussels sprouts to the United States, specifically in Louisiana, which marked the beginning of the production of brussels sprouts nationwide.
Today, the U.S. produces an average of 32,000 tons of brussels sprouts along with over 82,000 tons in Europe.
These green superfoods are rich in vitamins, fiber and minerals, which could end up bringing numerous benefits to people, including lower blood pressure, avoid dietabes, maintain good bone health, improve immune functions and a lot more.
Although brussels sprouts have brought many benefits to human bodies, a lot of people don’t like them because they find them extremely bitter. Based on the scientific research, this is because of the TAS2R38 gene that controls the taste of bitterness.
This chemical is often present in sprouts and some other green foods, therefore, people with that gene would hardly fall in love with brussels sprouts.
Anyway, no matter whether you like brussels sprouts or not, there are so many recipes online for making this vegetable. Use today to play around and try different ways to cook these mini cabbages.
You can also head out to the grocery store and pick up some frozen brussels sprouts. Keep them in your fridge, simply heat them up and add some greens to your diet every day.