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You cannot have a Christmas dinner without the blessed sprout.

Sprouts despite their bad press are a wonderful vegetable, Brussels sprouts are from the family that includes cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale, and kohlrabi; they are cruciferous.

They also contain good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and dietary fibre and possibly protect against colon cancer because they contain sinigrin.

So a good sprout is simple to cook and here’s Mrs Beeton to tell us how: