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Brussels Spouts – do you love them or hate them?

They’re the divisive festive vegetable that often split opinion at the dinner table more than Brexit or football. But there’s good reason why your mum insisted on making you endure a forkful of Brussels sprouts on Christmas Day.

These little vegetables, known as cruciferous, might look mediocre, but they’re quietly one of the most nutritious side dishes going, thanks to their high antioxidant content, rich cocktail of vitamins and surprising versatility.

Loved and loathed in equal measure, sprouts have a nutty, earthy taste and are a member of the Brassicaceae family of vegetables; their close relations include the cabbage, broccoli and kale. They gained their name after becoming a staple of the Belgian diet in the 16th Century, although they’re thought to have originally found their way to the UK from Afghanistan.

Sprouts often get a bad rep for being soggy and slightly pungent, making them fated to be scraped into the bin. But the key to getting the best out of their unusual flavour is often in cooking them correctly.

With more of us turning to plant-based diets, the humble sprout is experiencing something of a rejuvenation, with chefs stirring them into raw salads or sauteing them with honey and balsamic vinegar to make exciting flavour combinations.

So how do you feel about sprouts? Do you eat them on a regular basis or just at Christmas? Do you love or loathe them?

Brussels Spouts - do you love them or hate them?

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Onecott
3 days ago
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Ok with bacon, but can’t eat too many.
marlene seville
4 days ago
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Hated them when I was a child but love them now
CarolH45
4 days ago
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I love these! Especially on bread and butter!
Anthony 60
5 days ago
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If I had a choice between sprouts or asparagus then it would be sprouts
Catton
9th Nov 2018
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Love them. Eat them from when they come into season all winter through. People who dislike them have probably been given overcooked sprouts which are horrible. Frozen sprouts are awful too. Fresh are best. Would not be Christmas without them.
SilverVortex
9th Nov 2018
0
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Hated them as a child, when they were always boiled! Now I have free creative dominion on how they are cooked and I LOVE them!
Marley444
9th Nov 2018
0
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They have really grown on me as I have got older. When I was a child I ate a token one with my Christmas roast, but now I love them part boiled and then pan fired with butter, leeks, pancetta and chestnuts, and so do all my family. Must remember to order some with my next Ocado delivery.
Bald123
9th Nov 2018
1
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Wonderful for Christmas lunch.
Pwilly
9th Nov 2018
3
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I used to go out with a farmer who grew sprouts. He said Steam for no more than 4 minutes otherwise they become bitter. It's true.
Audrie57
9th Nov 2018
3
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I hate sprouts, and have done since I was a little girl. At a very young age we were put into a childrens home, and we were made to eat them, and the housemother, was awful and took great delight putting extra on my plate. I would sit there for hours with these mini cabbages in front of me. I wasn't allowed to leave the table, and at teatime, they were put in front of me again,and I would just sit and then I got a good hiding for not eating my sprouts. I really do hate them
Marley444
9th Nov 2018
0
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That's so harsh ... I can't believe the culture of forcing people to eat things they don't like. It can scar you for life. An old school friend of mine had to sit in front of a coagulating plate of mince and peas at school and wasn't allowed to leave until she had. To this day she hates peas.
Audrie57
9th Nov 2018
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It has, as once I left care I vowed I would never eat anything I don't like again, and I haven't. It wasn't a nice place. not many days when I didn't get a good hiding.for something or other.
ArchieUK
8th Nov 2018
3
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I like sprouts always have done,when they are availab from mid November to January they are one of my favorite vegatables with small potatoes and perhaps a little fried liver.
Lionel
8th Nov 2018
1
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I'll give that a go!
Wilf
7th Nov 2018
4
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I adore them especially with some butter with a roast and best of all I think...they are a superfood so are very good for us. A winter vegetable and grown in Britain-whats not to like!
Alicia
7th Nov 2018
2
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Billythequiche
7th Nov 2018
6
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Brussels' bad reputation is very often down to over-cooking. Steaming works well as does boiling for a very short time. If eating whole brussels puts you off, grated raw and cooked with butter in a frying pan with bacon and/or chestnuts is delicious.
Do not store in plastic, do not cut cross in bottom unless huge, If nothing else, try bubble and squeak, one of Britain's classic dishes.
JuneAA
7th Nov 2018
3
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I love them, especially when cooked with chestnuts.
Yagala
7th Nov 2018
3
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I got to know Brussels sprouts at a very young age, I was 7 then, and became very sick and threw up like anything and my mother became very anxious at that moment thinking that I had swallowed something wrong.
Going through the years till at this moment, I still tried them time and again with the same results.
My wife liked them vey much and cooked a cabbage for me to such perfection that I at a whole cabbage while she was eating sprouts.
Any other type of cabbage, cauliflower, red cabbage, Chinese cabbage, no problems there only sprouts and I still do not know why I become sick as anything eating Brussels sprouts.
Retiredyorkie
7th Nov 2018
3
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Neither hate them or love them - think we have just tolerated them as part of the Sunday roast dinner and like most people think they are a must for Christmas dinner!!!!

Or as someone told their toddler who looked at them in dismay "they are only little cabbages"
Yodama
7th Nov 2018
4
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Can't use the word "love" more of a "like." They are a must with roast of any kind and Bubble and Squeak wouldn't be the same without Brussel sprouts.
However, I do know people who hate them passionately.

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