Brussels sprouts are available from May – October with some hybrids available in February to June.
Storage and Handling
Store in the refrigerator. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Sprouts were believed to have been cultivated in Italy in Roman times. Brussels sprouts are named after the city of Brussels in Belgium from where they were widely cultivated in the 1800s.
- A member of the Brassica family, Brussels sprouts look like cute little cabbages
- There are two main Brussels sprouts growing areas in New Zealand: Ohakune in the Central North Island and Oamaru in North Otago in the South Island
- Brussels sprouts are a cool season crop and seedlings should be sown in autumn
- Brussels sprouts plants need space, so plant with a 60 to 75cm space around them
- Brussels sprouts like a medium rich, well-drained soil
Brussels sprouts are a good source of vitamin K and a source of dietary fibre, potassium, thiamine (vitamin B1) and vitamins B6 and C.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.