Warm weather yields "larger, easier to prepare" Brussels sprouts

The unusually warm autumn weather will bring extra-large Brussels sprouts in time for Christmas, according to Tesco.

Image: Tesco
Image: Tesco

Temperatures reaching up to 10 degrees higher than usual have led to sprouts growing about a third larger than average, the supermarket said.

Tesco Group Food Sourcing technical manager Rob Hooper said: "The larger size of sprouts will be good news for customers as it means the vegetables will be easier to peel, without losing their sweet flavour. And because of their size, customers will need fewer of them on their Christmas dinner plates and that means less work in the kitchen."

Tesco's sprouts are supplied by brassica specialist grower TH Clements of Lincolnshire. Its commercial manager Richard Mowbray said: "In a normal year average sprouts are about 30mm in diameter and weigh around 15g and the ones we are harvesting already are absolute whoppers - over 50mm in diameter and weighing over 50g."

Cooler weather forecast for next week is expected slow growth and help some of the leaves drop from the stalks, making harvesting easier.

This year British growers are expected to harvest 70,000 tons of sprouts, with as much as 80 per cent being sold in the two-week Christmas and New Year period.


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