They’re the divisive festive vegetable that often split opinion at the dinner table more than Brexit or football. But there’s good reason why your mum insisted on making you endure a forkful of Brussels sprouts on Christmas Day. These little vegetables, which are part of the cabbage family, might look mediocre, but they’re quietly one of the most nutritious side dishes going, thanks to their high antioxidant content, cocktail of vitamins and surprising versatility. Read more Baking experts reveal their top tips for making perfect mince pies Loved and loathed in equal measure, sprouts have a nutty, earthy taste and are a member of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables; their close relations include the cabbage, broccoli and kale. They gained their name after becoming a staple of the Belgian diet in the 16th Century, although they’re thought to have originally found their way to the UK from Afghanistan. Sprouts often get a bad rep for being soggy
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