Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Sunday 1 January 2017


No, not some long-forgotten variety act*, but (at the risk of bringing brassicaphobes out in spots) the offspring of an arranged marriage between kale and Brussels sprouts.

There was a brief glimpse of them in the BBC's Countryfile programme a few weeks ago, which sounded intriguing through the soporific haze of a Sunday evening's viewing. It seems they have actually been out on the market for quite a while, but it wasn't till this weekend that they turned up in my "selected retailer".

They're claimed to be a "fresh fusion of sweet and nutty". Well.. they're a pleasant enough variation, with neither of the potential disadvantages of either parent (but then, so are they, if they're cooked properly).

*They are, however. showbiz enough to have had their name changed from the more .prosaic "Flower sprouts", which would suggest a more down-to-earth sort of show.


  1. Happy New Year, Autolycos !

    Don't know usually I am not a brassicaphobe, but in the back of my head it screams : Keep it pure !
    Hereditary, perhaps ...

  2. Ha! I have just washed some for dinner tonight. I am throwing them in the steamer with everything else and hoping for the best.