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Tizer
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Posted -  24/12/2011  :  12:02
In view of the worsening relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, the way that the UK has been treated by the Brussels-based Eurocrats, and their interference with the dimensions and shape of our fruit and vegetables, I propose that we should re-name the `Brussels' sprout as from 1st January 2012.

I've started this thread to give OGFB members the opportunity to suggest alternative names. I know how creative you are and that you like a challenge, so let's see what you can come up with! 


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thomo
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 12:18
We have always called them "Sprouts" end of. I suppose its like a lot of foodstuffs, the attachment of a name ie, Cheddar on cheese is no longer an indication of where it was produced, this does not now apply to Cornish Pasties I understand, but not sure about Wensleydale. I imagine that a name like "The small vegetable that my Son hates to the Nth degree" is too lengthy. I remember seeing this somewhere, "Kids will eat snot, but you cannot get them to eat their greens"!!!!


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Another
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 13:17
What's the difference between a sprout and a bogie? Kids won't eat sprouts!! Nolic


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thomo
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 14:16
Same take, different magazine! Happy Christmas Nolic.


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Gloria
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 14:18
"The horrible green things".


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Bradders
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 16:20
I read somewhere that there IS a proper scientific reason why some people cannot abide sprouts.......To do with a chemical reaction in the mouth producing a nasty metalic taste , but not in eveyone and not forever ...
Peter ....H E L P !


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thomo
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 16:48
May have something to do with where the sprouts are grown. The best that I have ever tasted came from South Africa, beautiful, and that should take frost out of the growing equation. Happy Christmas Bradders and a Happy New Year.


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Tizer
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 16:55
Youngster are genetically programmed to find the flavour unpleasant until they become adults when such flavours begin to be accepted. Perhaps a defence mechanism to prevent young animals from eating toxic stuff (but it doesn't seem to work well in young humans except for sprouts!).

Now, what are we going to call the sprouts rather than just the boring name `sprouts' which can also be used for other veggies such as bean sprouts? How about Britannia sprouts? London sprouts? Agincourt sprouts?


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thomo
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 17:04
"Trafalgar Sprouts"? "Wellington, Nelson or Churchill Sprouts"? or how about dropping sprouts and just having "Spitfires" AKA Fartberries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edited by - thomo on 24/12/2011 5:06:08 PM


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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 17:36
Sorry thomo, I missed your tag line. Happy Christmas. Nolic


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Sunray10
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 18:18
Sprouts have a tendency to make people let off wind (as thomo says), especially the more you eat. They are also good for keeping you "moving" if you know what I mean ! If you mash them up they may have less of an effect on the body - similar to mushy peas, perhaps.ya-hoo


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Whyperion
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 18:55
I think Wensleydale does have Appelation Controle ,  Cheddar Cheese refers to the process , cheddaring ,  rather than the place. 

Brussels sprouts and other brassicas are also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells. (according to WikiPedia ) , and of course just a quick boil to sofen them a bit , some nice garlic butter and sorted.  


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Bradders
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Posted - 24/12/2011 : 23:25
Thanks Thomo....... Happy Christmas to you Too !


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Stanley
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Posted - 25/12/2011 : 05:28
I love sprouts and  looked up Wiki: see this LINK. I don't care what yhey are called but perhaps we could promote them best by getting Delia to do a programme on them. Remember her effect on the humble Cranberry?

The best sprouts I ever had were at Harrod's Farm when I was working there. At Xmas dinner Lionel would put a big pan on the esse range and half fill it with salted water. Then he went out on the hard frost, cut the sprouts and trimmed them in the garden and tipped them straight into the boiling water when he came in the kitchen. By the rime he had washed his hands they were deemed cooked. Drained and straight out onto the table. We couldn't get enough of them, perfect! He said that to taste best they had to be fresh and frosted. That may be the key because I think the older the sprouts are the stronger the 'sprout' taste.


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melteaser
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Posted - 25/12/2011 : 06:00
Fartberries! I like that one Thomo. They shall be so called from now on in my house.

I love sprouts now but didn't as a nipper. I think it's all to do with the way they are cooked. Mum used to (and still does) either boil them to death or even worse, put them in a pressure cooker. The result was a horrid nasty green mush. These days I like to either roast them or sauté themin butter with chopped bacon and onion.


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Tizer
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Posted - 25/12/2011 : 11:33
A more genteel version of Thomo's suggestion might be windberries. But I like the idea of his Nelson sprouts and Churchill sprouts. The commercial plant breeding companies always give fancy names to thei new varieties of wheat, barley, potatoes etc so why don't they give us Nelson sprouts and Churchill sprouts. They could be bred for specific characteristics and then named appropriately.


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