What’s in a name?
According to EU regulations quite a lot it seems. There was a move a few years ago to ban the use of the word Brussels when referring to sprouts. It would only be allowed for crops grown in Brussels. So does this mean that the city is to be dug up and restored to fields full of Brussels sprouts I wonder? Might be a good way of cutting down on Euro regs.
So if this rule comes in we will no longer have such a vegetable here in the UK. Maybe we can re-name them Hardwick sprouts. We have a great crop this year, one of the best for a long time. So if you need to get fuelled up on this seasonal green thing that kids don’t like you’d better place an order for extras over the Xmas period. It is said that kids generally don’t like them as they tend to be bitter. This may well be true of conventional grown crops as they receive huge amounts of nitrogen to make them grow large and fungicides to stop them going off, but organic is often sweeter as a result of natural nitrogen being taken as the plant feels it needs to rather than being force fed. And with ours you can get the kids to pick them for you in the comfort of your own home as we supply them on the stalk, they keep really well like this too, put them outside in the garden to keep for a week or more. You will see that the sprouts are smaller than most supermarket crops, due to no nitrogen fertiliser.