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April 1, 2009

Eat Brussel Sprout Shoots / tops

Filed under: brassicas — Tags: , , , — TopVeg @ 3:25 pm

The Brussels sprout stalks have been stripped of their sprouts, but the
tiny sprouts at the top of the stalk are starting to ‘blow’ and produce
flowering shoots.




These sprout shoots, or tops, are a real delicacy when steamed for 10 minutes.



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  1. Good Morning. I just viewed your website (terrific) and have a question that I hope you can help me with. I have many brussels sprouts plants that are getting pretty big. The little beauties are still small,about the size of a dime, but will be big soon. The huge stalk leaves seem like they would be edible. Can they be steamed or sauteed? It seems like such a waste to have them just turn yellow. Mine have not turned yellow, as the plants are only about 12″-18″ tall. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks in advance, Beverly

    Comment by Beverly Ulveling — November 2, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

  2. Hi Beverly
    Your sprouts sound great – and they must be very healthy! The green leaves are not being wasted – they are the powerhouse – making your plants grow and providing nutrients for the sprout buttons. As the stalk grows, the bottom leaves will go yellow and drop off – they have finished their work, but the leaves above them will still be helping the plant to grow. If you break the green leaves off, the plant & the sprout buttons will not reach their full potential.
    When the stalk has finished growing, you can eat the rosette of leaves at the top of the stalk. But if you take the top out too early, all the sprout buttons will mature and even out so they are all the same size.
    But maximum production will come if the stalk is allowed to keep growing for as long as possible & the bottom buttons are picked first, leaving the top ones to develop.
    Enjoy your sprouts!

    Comment by TopVeg — November 9, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

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