Brussels sprouts are gems in the garden

A row of Brussels sprouts growing in the fall garden looks like green gems strung on upright, hanging necklaces. Brussels sprouts make an elegant border for the garden when their sprouts are filled out.

A clever marketing strategy for Brussels sprouts like these is to sell the entire stalk while the sprouts are still attached to the stalk, thus eliminating labor cost for harvesting each sprout separately. There are 57 sprouts on this stalk, which weighed 2.5 lbs. when cut from the stalk.

A clever marketing strategy for Brussels sprouts like these is to sell the entire stalk while the sprouts are still attached to the stalk, thus eliminating labor cost for harvesting each sprout separately. There are 57 sprouts on this stalk, which weighed 2.5 lbs. when cut from the stalk.

Brussels sprouts are members of Brassicaceae, the cabbage family. The specific epithet of Brussels Sprouts, Brassica oleracea Gemmifera Group, totally describes the little sprouts that look like green gems, hence the group name Gemmifera. The sprouts grow in nodes of leaves on thick upright stalks. Brussels sprouts look like tiny cabbages, but they are distinctly different from cabbages that form heads from the ground.

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