Brussels sprouts - it's harvest time now

Brussels sprouts - it's harvest time now

Long harvest period

Depending on the variety and the time of sowing, the Brussels sprouts harvest begins in September. We start with the varieties “Crispus” and “Nelson”. Particularly frost-hardy varieties like “Content F1” and “Igor F1” can be harvested until February.

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Brussels sprouts ripen from the bottom up. You should pick it through several times, but always start with the bottom florets. This gives the florets time to ripen upwards.

If you take the florets carefully between your fingers, they should still be firm and not press in. The harvested cabbage stalk is dug up to prevent possible pest infestation.

Fine taste from frost

Many vegetables have to be harvested before the first frost. Not so with the vitamin-rich Brussels sprouts. The first light frost increases the sugar content in the florets. This gives the popular winter vegetables their particularly aromatic taste.

Tips on harvesting

  • never harvest in frost
  • Always harvest Brussels sprouts in portions
  • Brussels sprouts harvested late can be stored longer

Beware of rot

Persistent wetness and frequent alternation between frost and frost-free periods can lead to the florets rotting. If the weather permits, you can harvest the Brussels sprouts completely. What you cannot use immediately can be frozen very well.

Freeze in advance

Brussels sprouts only last a few days in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator. The rest is frozen. The florets are cleaned and blanched. Frozen Brussels sprouts are easy to portion.

Tips & Tricks

There is no need for a crop failure because of the cabbage hernia. With the “Cronus” variety, a breed has been successfully developed that is resistant to the dreaded coal hernia.