Try Brus­sels sprout leaf tops

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

IMAG­INE the most suc­cu­lent baby cab­bage, sliced in half and lightly steamed then gen­tly tossed in salted but­ter – it’s the per­fect por­tion for one and an ut­terly over­looked treat! I’m re­fer­ring, of course, to the loose rosette of leaves that tops each and ev­ery Brus­sels sprout plant. While the sprout but­tons lower down the stem may be a few weeks away from be­ing ready for har­vest, the grow­ing point of the plant is ripe for the pick­ing.

Sim­ply snap each one off as and when you need some win­ter greens for a hearty stew or roast din­ner. It won’t harm the plant at all and will, in fact, en­cour­age the but­tons nes­tled against the stem to swell and ma­ture. What more of an ex­cuse do you need?

Har­vest­ing the leaves will also help growth with the sprout but­tons

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