Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Brussels Sprouts Experiment

We recently pulled our brussels sprouts out of our garden.  Now, I have heard that I should wait until the first frost to do this.  However, we have a bunny infestation (I would call four bunnies in my garden an infestation, wouldn't you?!) And also, I had never staked them so they were falling over and starting to rot on the ground and I just felt like if I wanted to eat any brussels sprouts this year from our garden, I would have to take some action. 

I dug them out and pulled the leaves off from around where the brussels sprouts were, but the ones at the top were lush and green and I thought, I bet we could eat these or use them or something.  I have to admit, I am not a leafy green fan.  I just can't get excited about eating sauteed leafy greens.  Throw them in a soup, I'm alright.  But, the best way I have discovered to get the benefit of leafy greens without having to actually eat them (because let's be honest, I really just want the vitamins and minerals tied up in all that green goodness) is to juice them! 

I was nervous that the leaves were going to be overpowering and bitter.  I'm pretty sure all of our brussels sprouts are going to be that way.  When I juiced them this first time, I added a bit more sweet than I normally would.  Here's what I juiced-- four brussels sprouts leaves, the middle of a celery stalk that I had, two carrots and an apple.  I was pleasantly surprised that it was nice and sweet. 

I will definitely be juicing more of these leaves before they go bad!  Can't wait.  :-)

1 comment:

  1. Hey Janet, I hadn't read your blog for a week, and when I came back to read today, there were so many posts!!! Mike and I don't have a juicer, but I love to roast Brussels sprouts in the oven with some olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. They are delicious!! I really enjoy reading your blog!!