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Old 08-31-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Did you realize….that brussel sprouts didn’t have to be harvested all at the same time? Pert near everything written on brussel sprouts says we’re supposed to wait to harvest them until after the 1st frost to improve the flavor but…. none of us noticed any taste deficiencies when sampling what I pulled off so far this weekend. Maybe if we tried some brussel sprouts harvested before and some harvested after side by side we’d notice a difference in the taste but if we’ve got to do that… then I guess our taste buds aren’t really all that “picky” so… no reason to wait. If you think about it…. it makes sense because the bottom “sprouts” develop 1st and can get pretty big. I was given a 50 year old book on preserving harvests that’s literally falling apart by my neighbor and I’ve been running into some “common sense” type tips that I never ran across anywhere else and that tip about putting up sprouts from the lower portions of the plant before a frost was in it. And… here’s where it gets interesting….. the book said that when we remove the lower sprouts….. new sprouts start forming so we’ll increase our yields!!! So far I haven’t noticed any new sprouts forming but I only just pulled some sprouts this morning so…. we’ll see!!!!
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:29 AM   #2
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That makes sense to me. I'm always trying to harvest things (like lettuce) and with hopes that more will grow from the same plant. It seems to make a lot of sense with Brussels sprouts.

Thanks for the tip...I'm hoping you share more of the common sense tips that you are picking up from this book.

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So far I haven’t noticed any new sprouts forming but I only just pulled some sprouts this morning so…. we’ll see!!!!
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We always picked the ones that were ready and left the rest. but I have seen whole stalks for sale at specialty markets. I wonder if theirs is a different variety that makes sprouts at the same time - kind of like determinate tomatoes?
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I've grown quite a few different varieties. There is 1 variiety that comes to mind as having somewhat uniform sprouts up and down the stalk and it's 'Bubbles'. It's a real hard seed to get your hands on though but.... nice tasting and grows well.
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The neighbor's peacock moseys over to check out my garden from time to time. He loves brussel sprouts too.
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