Why this Leeds market trader thinks the key to brussels sprouts is to make them 'posh'

Love them or loathe them - there's a strong chance brussels sprouts will be gracing your table this Christmas.

Thursday, 13th December 2018, 1:41 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th December 2018, 2:48 pm
Neil Goth of Neil's Quality Fruit and Veg

Thankfully, Leeds fruit and veg trader, Neil Goth, 45, knows a thing or two about getting the best from your brussels.

In the video Mr Goth explains how going a "little bit posh" can add tonnes of flavour to the dish.

He said: "If you go the boring way and just boil them, it will make soggy soft sprouts and that's why a lot of people don't like them, because they've got quite a strong taste."

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He noted that many people are are using pancetta and chesnuts to bring out the best in their sprouts.

Mr Goth, has been working at Neil's Quality Green Grocer's since he was 15 years old, when he went to work with his dad.

The in Kirkgate Market stall is a family business that's been going around for 40 years.

Despite brussels sprouts poor reputation, Mr Goth remains confident that they'll sell a good number over Christmas.

In the video he says he expects to sell around five or ten 10kg sacks a day.

This is not surprising as around 25 per cent of the annual consumption of Brussels sprouts is in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.

Brussells Sprouts facts

1. 220 grams of cooked Brussels sprouts contains only about 60 calories.

2. 1587 is the first recorded date of Brussels sprouts being used in cooking.

3. An 80 gram serving of sprouts contains four times more vitamin C than an orange.

4. The area covered by Brussels sprout fields in the UK is the equivalent of 3,240 football pitches.

5. The sprout industry is now worth £650,000,000.