Brussels Sprouts are this week’s fresh pick of the week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. The small, but highly nutritious vegetables look very much like a miniature cabbages (and, in fact, mothers all over the world are guilty of telling their children that’s exactly what they are). But while they are related to an ancient form of wild cabbage, anyone who has seen Brussels Sprouts growing in the field, or on the farm, knows the tiny vegetables are quite distinctive, from their larger, cultivated cousins. While Cabbages grow low to the ground and form giant heads, Brussels Sprouts, grow like buds on stalks that can be as tall as 4 feet, and can produce up to three pounds of Brussels Sprouts per stalk!
Brussels Sprouts have often been maligned by people who have had the misfortune of having eaten them after overcooking. And it’s true that an overcooked Brussels Sprout doesn’t taste good. This is because they contain a substance called glucosinolate sinigrin, which has a sulfurous odor and flavor, and is released with overcooking. But if this has been your experience, give Brussels Sprouts another try. Cooked properly, they have a rich, almost nutty flavor, and are quite delicious.
Did you know: Brussels Sprouts really did get their modern name from the city of Brussels, Belgium, where they were cultivated and eaten as early as the 13th century. But the vegetable, as a food source, actually dates back to Roman times.
Price: $ 2.50 per pound and up.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in three locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 72-567 Highway 111.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.