A vegetable with small, dense, compact buds that is round and green and is usually no more than 2 inches in diameter. It is related to cabbage and looks and tastes like a miniature cabbage. It is named after their place of origin, Brussels, Belgium. Usually the smaller sprouts are the best tasting ones.
Once you get over the childhood fright after the mention of "Brussels Sprouts", you'll find they are a vegetable you want more often than special occasions. Versatile and delicious, these little morsels are delicious, especially when paired with pine nuts and garlic.