Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Brus­sels sprouts

A sprout is not just for Christ­mas... in fact, you could be har­vest­ing them un­til March if you sowed a late va­ri­ety in April and planted out in June.

They will stay on the plant un­til you’re ready to pick them and most can be picked over a three-month pe­riod.

Har­vest when they are tightly closed but­tons, start­ing at the bot­tom of the stalk and cut­ting them off with a sharp knife. At the same time, re­move any yel­low­ing fo­liage or open sprouts.

If you don’t want any waste, you can cut the stem tops off af­ter all sprouts have been har­vested and cook them as you would cab­bage. Good late va­ri­eties in­clude ‘Mont­gomery’ and ‘Welling­ton’.

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