Brussels sprouts

These little cabbages used to be the butt of jokes but today they are all the rage! Try them roasted or sauteed and you'll become a believer!

How to Select

Look for bright green heads that are firm and heavy for their size. The leaves should be tightly packed. Avoid Brussels sprouts with yellowing leaves, a sign of age, or black spots, which could indicate fungus. Smaller Brussels sprouts are usually sweeter and more tender than larger ones. Cold concentrates Brussels sprouts’ sweetness, so they tend to taste better after the first frost.

How to Store

If you purchase Brussels sprouts on the stalk, cut them off before storing. Otherwise, leave Brussels sprouts intact until you’re ready to cook them. Place Brussels sprouts in an uncovered bowl or container in the refrigerator. Brussels sprouts will be at their best within the first few days, but depending on how fresh they are, they can last as long as a few weeks in the fridge.

How to Prepare

Wash Brussels sprouts in cold running water and pat them dry. Trim the stem end of Brussels sprouts and remove any loose, yellowing or shriveled leaves. If your Brussels sprouts aren’t all the same size, halve or quarter larger ones so they’ll cook evenly.

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