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Q: Are Brussels sprouts just mini cabbages?

A: No, Brussels Sprouts are not mini cabbages. Brussels sprouts look like miniature cabbages because they are both part of the same family; they are both cruciferous vegetables. With cabbages, we eat the head that grows out of the ground. The Brussels sprouts we eat are actually buds that grow along the length of a thick, fibrous stalk.

fyi – As far as the smell, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables release a foul- smelling sulfur compound if overcooked. The key to avoid this odor is all in the preparation.

Click here for our Spotlight on Taste for many different ways you can enjoy Brussels Sprouts! Nutrition 101 also provides great information about this underappreciated vegetable!

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Jill Kwasny

Registered Dietitian