BRUS­SEL FACTS

Scottish Field - - BRUSSEL SPROUTS -

Scots grow 730 mil­lion Brus­sel sprouts to en­sure Christ­mas din­ners have just a lit­tle bit of green.

Brus­sel sprouts were first cul­ti­vated on a large scale in Europe out­side the Bel­gian city of Brus­sels, hence the name.

The veg­etable be­came pop­u­lar in the UK in the Vic­to­rian era, around the same time that the idea of a roast turkey Christ­mas din­ner took off.

Around 40% of the sprouts pro­duced for the UK mar­ket are con­sumed in the weeks up to and in­clud­ing Christ­mas day.

The world record for the most Brus­sel sprouts eaten in a minute cur­rently stands at 31. (Any chal­lengers?)

In 2011, there was one food bank in Scot­land op­er­ated in part­ner­ship with the Trus­sell Trust. There are now over 50.

Fare­Share UK feed al­most 800,000 peo­ple ev­ery week from food that would oth­er­wise be wasted.

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