Pick and prepare organic Brussels sprouts
We want to avoid chemical residues and support the development
of alternate ways to grow food without that risk. So we choose
As we go this route, we don't insist on perfect, blemishless
vegetables and fruit. (Reasons why...)
Here are organically grown Brussels sprouts, from our own Margaret Thele
of Sage Advice (how could we run the Forum without her priceless help?!). You may have
bought some of this crop from her at the Old
Winery Farmers' Market in Farmington, Michigan.
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Brussels sprouts may look a little rough on the
but all is fine if the sprouts are plump and firm.
An imperfect exterior can be peeled away. (The peeled leaves
can become chicken food or go to the compost.)
In 30 minutes we have cleaned a large stem of its sprouts --
snapped off the sprouts, stripped the marred leaves and trimmed
Time is a small price to pay for a chance at better health and
fewer environmental problems. We listen to fun music and relax as
We popped these buds into salted water to soak. Some we'll steam
with onion, garlic and pepper. Some will be halved and sauted in
olive oil to serve with sweet fruit such as apple chunks or grapes.
We might even stir fry a few and add bacon. Yum!
Of course, they can be eaten raw, as well. Our son denies it now
but we once lost half our sprouts harvest to his plucking and
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