Brussels sprouts are slow-growing but very delicious crop. Brussels sprouts require a very long, cool growing season, and taste much better picked from your garden after being frosted. It could take up to 110 days after sowing for Brussels sprouts to fully mature, depending on the variety. In this article, we will share how to grow Brussels sprouts, the nutrients, and health benefits that can be gained.
Varieties Of Brussels Sprouts
There are over 110 different varieties of sprouts. Ranging from different colours, shapes, sizes, tolerance, and taste. Here are some recommended Brussels sprout varieties: ‘Revenge’, ‘Royal Marvel’, ‘Maximus’, ‘Jade Cross’, and ‘Rubine Red’.
How To Grow Brussels Sprouts
Plant your Brussels sprouts so that they come to harvest in cool weather, the ideal time would be around autumn. They reach maturity 90-110 days after seeds are sown, so time your harvest according to the first fall frost. Usually, Brussels sprouts are sown from early March-early April. If you want an early harvest for August, sow in small pots or trays in February.
Sow Brussels sprouts seeds outdoors around 1cm deep, 7.5cm(3in) apart, preferably in slightly acidic, well-drained, fertile soil with pH between 6.0-6.8. Although any garden soil in full sun will do good. In addition, brussels sprouts grow best from temperatures 15°-18°C(60°-65°F). Plant in a sunny site, and water every 10-14 days in periods of dry weather. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, feed with a high in nitrogen fertiliser in July. Once young plants are around 10-15cm (4-6in) tall, transplant leaving 60cm(24in) between plants, and make sure the soil is around 30cm(12in) deep.
Nutrients And Health benefits
Brussels sprouts are not only delicious, they are packed with beneficial nutrients, they contain vitamins- K, C, A, B-9, B-6, and B-1. Minerals- Manganese, potassium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. They also contain many antioxidants, high in fiber, and contain ALA omega-3 fatty acids. in addition, brussels sprouts may protect against cancer, help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, and may reduced inflammation.
How To Add To Your Diet
Brussels sprouts are easy to incorporate into many side dishes. Not to mention people often enjoy them roasted, boiled, or baked, brussel sprot can also be added to pasta, frittatas, stir-fried dishes, and many other meals, just try to be a little creative.