Lee Valley & Veritas Gardening
Lee Valley 35 Years  
  Volume 8, Issue 7 - July 2013    
Interesting Read
Excerpt from Gardening for Pleasure, Algrove Publishing, 2000. (First published in 1883.)

Brussels Sprouts, (Brassica oleracea var.)

This vegetable, as the engraving shows, is a variety of the cabbage which forms scarcely any terminal bud or head, but the buds along the stem, which in the ordinary cabbage remain small, are in this developed into small heads, which are the edible portion. This is much more used in Europe than with us; though it is not sufficiently hardy to endure our northern winters, it will stand in our latitude until Christmas. Its cultivation is exactly similar in all respects to that of Broccoli, except that it may be planted closer, say from one and a half to two feet apart.

Brussels sprouts

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