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Author Topic: The noisy season is upon us soon ....here's a Brussels Sprouts question  (Read 1329 times)

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Brussels Sprouts eh?...you either love 'em or loath 'em. Right? But...what on earth do Sprouts have to do with Brussels?

Are they really Belgian? I was chatting today with Tristan in the front bar of the Brewers Arms, he's the tres French bookseller and
owner of the beautifully old and thankfully un-tarted-up 15th Century bokshop here in town,


and he says that "Aha! En france, oui callem Choux de Bruxelles" but doesn't know why.

Does anybody else?

PS Tristan says that the 15th Century Bookshop is such a wonky building that he only goes into the Brewers Arms to straighten up.
Yes Tristran we believe you but...six times a day?

PPS The 15th Century Bookshop has a good website for ordering rare and zany books. Specialises in rare children's books if you have
any rare children in need of a pressie this Noel.

PPPS I am not on commission.


PPPPPS The original question was "Why are Brussel Sprouts called Brussel Sprouts?" What's the story?
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Mmmm...sprouts. Yum.

From: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=10

While the origins of Brussels sprouts are unknown, the first mention of them can be traced to the late 16th century. They are thought to be native to Belgium, specifically to a region near its capital, Brussels, after which they are named. They remained a local crop in this area until their use spread across Europe during World War I. Brussels sprouts are now cultivated throughout Europe and the United States. In the U.S., almost all Brussels sprouts are grown in California.

Cruciferous veg anyone?  :P