Brussels sprout

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Brussels sprouts

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Recorded since 1748. Named after Brussels, where they were cultivated in the current form perhaps as early as the 13th c.[1] Sprout is from Old English -sprutan (in asprutan (to sprout); cognate with Old Saxon sprutan, Old Frisian spruta, Middle Dutch spruten, modern Dutch spruit (sprout; Brussels sprout), Old High German spriozan, German sprießen (to sprout), from Proto-Germanic *spreutaną, from Proto-Indo-European *sper- (to strew).


Brussels sprout (plural Brussels sprouts)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) The green vegetable Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera, a cabbage variety native to Belgium.
    Brussels sprouts reach a length of 4 centimeters and resemble clusters of miniature cabbages.


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Gregory E. Welbaum (2015) Vegetable Production and Practices, CABI, →ISBN, page 330