1.  Yes, it’s the baby brother of the cabbage family.  (A recipe for golden crusted Brussels sprouts is at http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/goldencrusted-brussels-sprouts-recipe.html.)

2.  While it has long been popular in Brussels, it’s unclear if it actually originated there (or if they just got lucky with the naming rights); forerunners of it (yes, there are forerunners in the vegetable world) seem to date back to ancient Rome.  (Dijon braised Brussels sprouts at http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/11/dijon-braised-brussels-sprouts/.)

3.  You get your biggest bang for the buck growing Brussels sprouts at 59-64 degrees (Farenheit, that is).  (Brussels sprouts with walnuts and dried cranberries at http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/brussels-sprouts-with-walnuts-and-dried-cranberries/.)

4.   Cruciferous.  Definitely cruciferous.  (See about sautéed Brussels sprouts with gremolata at http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/saut-ed-brussels-sprouts-with-gremolata/.)

5.  The Netherlands produce 82,000 metric tons per year; the U.S. produces about 32,000 tons.    (Shredded Brussels sprouts & apples?  At http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/shredded-brussels-sprouts-apples-recipe.html.)

6.  A serving contains 12% of your recommended daily allowance of thiamine. (Make a Brussels sprouts ragout with lemon pan sauce at http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/shredded-brussels-sprouts-apples-recipe.html.)

7.  But that’s nothing – more than 100% of your RDA of Vitamin C can be found in a serving of Brussels sprouts.  (A Brussels sprouts and sausage soup recipe is at http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/brussels-sprouts-sausage-soup-10000001694239/.)

8.  Brussels sprouts are considered a good food to eat to help prevent cancer.  (Can’t hurt.)

9.  Some sources indicate that steamed Brussels sprouts help lower cholesterol.  (Worth getting steamed up about.)  (A steamed sprouts recipe is at http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=recipe&dbid=244.)

10.  Aphids and cabbage worms are common pests that like the sprouty guys.  (But what DON’T they like?)  Try a beer and orange glazed Brussels sprouts recipe at http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/recipes-using-gluten-free-beer-beer-and-orange-glazed-brussels-sprouts-recipe-750.html.)

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