Although Brussels sprouts may look like miniature cabbages, they have a distinctive taste which bursts with the nutritious deliciousness of green vegetables.
The compact buds' attributes in a 1-cup serving include:
- 56 calories;
- 1 gram of fat;
- 4 grams of dietary fiber;
- 4 grams of protein;
- 24 percent of recommended daily amounts apiece of vitamin A and folate;
- 162 percent of RDA for vitamin C.
Worldwide popular cooking methods favor:
- sautéing, and
Over-boiling has the significant disadvantage of diminishing the efficacy of the vegetable's anticancer compounds.
Also, overcooking grays the buds and releases distastefully strong flavors and odors, deriving from a sulfurous compound, glucosinolate sinigrin, which are off-putting.
Marking a cross on each bud is considered to encourage even penetration of heat.
Brussels sprouts enjoy a positive reputation in the cuisine of the Czech Republic, where a favorite, basic recipe easily and quickly revs flavor through blending in a cream sauce.