Words by Jessica Peace

Love them or hate them, food historians can’t track how these mini cabbages became synonymous with your Christmas dinner. Apparently it was just their luck that they ‘sprout’ up around December so the Victorians slapped them on our plates.

Well Hip Hop certainly didn’t forget the brussel sprout, Flava Flav and his Long Island mates rap about those little green balls in their track, ‘I Ain't Mad at All’: ‘... a pit bull / Eating brussel sprouts but he had a big bite / He tried to bite me / He tried to get me…’ (Public Enemy, 1994)

Stuart Kettell: Living Legend. In 2014 this guy pushed a sprout up Mount Snowdon with his nose to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The man went through 22 sprouts and finished with no skin left on his hooter. Blimey.

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