Try Brussels sprout leaf tops
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