I started writing this article back in October when my Thanksgiving Brussels sprouts were unusually bitter.
Brussels sprouts are a staple in my winter vegetable garden.
The bitter flavor is concentrated in the
centre core of the Brussels sprouts and one day I conducted a taste test trying different methods to see if the bitterness could be reduced. Even when the centre core was removed, they were still on the bitter side. I even tried brining them (brining always makes things taste better), but that didn’t help improve the flavour.
Recently, I was at the Vancouver Winter Farmer’s Market and mentioned this problem to one of the local vendors. It turns out that Brussels sprouts need cool temperatures to sweeten them and it wasn’t until mid November that we had frost and mid December before we has a long cold snap. The colder weather transformed the little beauties. Magically, the flavour softened and they became absolutely delicious!...