Brussels Sprouts Leaves
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Brussels sprouts leaves are the uppermost foliage that the stalk produces, differentiating themselves from the rest of the plant particularly through shape, texture, and flavor. They have an appearance more similar to loose heading cabbage with broad succulent leaves that have variations of cool green colorings and a thin creamy white veined texture throughout each leaf's surface. The flavor of the leaves is mild, similar to kale and if harvested young, remarkably sweet, void of the more bitter cruciferous flavor that is apparent in the plant's sprouts.
Brussels sprouts leaves are available late summer to fall.
Brussels sprouts, botanical name Brassica oleracea, belong to the Brassicaceae family. The Brassicaceae is an economically important food plant family known as the mustard plants, crucifers, and cabbages. The Brussel sprout leaves are an underutilized part of the plant, more commonly used by turning them into the soil to provide nutrition for future crops.