When the central cabbage head is harvested, little cabbages form around the central stalk. These little cabbages were prized for their delicate flavor, and eventually the plant was bred to contain exclusively these little cabbages, now called brussels sprouts. They form a central stalk covered with little cabbages that have their own, delicious flavor. They are one of the more difficult vegetables to grow, and require well fertilized soil and a long season to produce. They store well on the plant and can be harvested into late fall. I’ve even harvested them in the snow at Thanksgiving for a special, fresh treat.
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