The Brussel sprouts grown today taste better because they are genetically different. In the 1990’s a Dutch research identified heirloom varieties that are less bitter and bred them to be tastier and have a higher yield.

From Culinary Dud To Stud: How Dutch Plant Breeders Built Our Brussels Sprouts Boom

Foods go in and out of style. Few of them, though, have gone through as dramatic a renaissance in their reputation as Brussels sprouts.

For many years, they were scorned. Even Steve Bontadelli admits it, and he makes his living growing them. “A lot of people of my generation hated them,” he says. “Their moms boiled them and made them even stinkier.”

Bontadelli’s farm is near Santa Cruz, Calif., where the weather is perfect for growing this vegetable. “We actually had a Brussels sprouts festival here for about 10 years,” he says. “And we got a lot of free press out of the deal, because people couldn’t believe that you’d have a festival for Brussels sprouts.”

What’s worse, they even deserved their bad reputation. “They were just v… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

5 thoughts on “The Brussel sprouts grown today taste better because they are genetically different. In the 1990’s a Dutch research identified heirloom varieties that are less bitter and bred them to be tastier and have a higher yield.”

  1. SquarePeg37

    To everyone stumbling across this thread who is confused about how brussels sprouts could possibly be good…

    1) Slice in half

    2) Toss in olive oil and sea salt

    3) Place cut side down on a baking sheet (important)

    4) Roast at 400F for about 20 mins (the hotter the temperature and the less time in the oven, the less mushy they will turn out)

    5) Check the bottoms, you are looking for them to start to develop a nice golden brown color.

    6) When done, toss again gently, and add any herbs or seasonings you like. (I strongly recommend garlic, lemon juice, and dill.)

    So, of course it’s possible you might just not like brussel sprouts, but you really owe it to yourself to try them this way. They will make a believer out of you.

  2. MorsesTheHorse

    Give that dude a Nobel Prize. Brussel Sprouts are freaking awesome. Sorry, not sorry.

  3. Ensabanur81

    In the early 80s, people boiled everything so brussels sprouts traumatized so many of us until we were adults and learned how to cook them properly. I feel a little better knowing that the sprouts then were just skanky overall.

  4. berryalan69

    Brussels Sprouts not Brussel Sprouts

  5. Monty916

    How disgusting did they used to be?!

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