Brussels sprouts are a member of the brassica family, which also includes cabbage, broccoli, and kale. They are native to Belgium, and were first cultivated in the 16th century. Today, they are grown throughout the world and are a popular winter vegetable.
Brussels sprouts grow on a stalk and are typically green in color, although there are also varieties that are purple or red. They range in size from a few centimeters to over 5 centimeters in diameter. When cooked, Brussels sprouts have a nutty flavor and a crisp texture. They can be steamed, boiled, stir-fried, roasted, or eaten raw. Brussels sprouts are a good source of vitamins C and K, and also contain fiber, protein, and iron.
For more information on growing Brussels Sprouts, see our Growing Guide. You can also learn more about seed starting in your organic garden with our resource guide and buy everything you need with our Seed Starting Kit.