Brussels sprouts grow as small leafy heads on a large plant stem. They have a similar taste to cabbage, but have more of a mild cabbage flavor.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are high in potassium which helps regulate fluid balance and muscle contractions. They are a good source of vitamin C, which helps heal cuts and wounds. They are also a good source of vitamin A, which promotes good vision and cell growth.
How to Select Brussels Sprouts
Choose Brussels sprouts that are firm, compact and bright green. Avoid Brussels sprouts that are damaged and discolored. At farmers markets, Brussels sprouts are most likely sold on the stem.
How to Store Brussels Sprouts
Store unwashed Brussels sprout heads in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week.
How to Prepare Brussels Sprouts
- Toss in olive oil, season to taste, and roast at 400F for 30-45 min for a side dish
- Sauté in olive oil for 6-8 min, then add lemon juice, shredded Parmesan cheese, or garlic
- Boil, steam, roast or microwave Brussels sprouts for a side dish
- Add to a pasta dish
- Add chopped Brussels sprouts to a stir-fry
- Add shaved Brussels sprouts to a salad
- Use Brussels sprouts to make a coleslaw
- Add chopped sprouts to a vegetable pot pie recipe
- Add halved sprouts to a kabob
Seasonal Availability of Brussels Sprouts in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.
- Fruit and Veggie Fact Sheets, UNL Nutrition Education Program
- Seasonal Produce Guide - Brussels Sprouts, SNAP-Ed Connection
- Nebraska Harvest Schedule, Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska