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Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprout/Aonanī



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


Growing Facts

  • Brussels sprouts are a cool season crop and seedlings should be sown 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 

Nutrition Information

6 medium Brussels sprouts = 120 g

  Average Quantity per serving % Daily Intake per serve Average Quantity per 100 g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 280/67 3% 233/56
Protein (g) 4.5 9% 3.8
Fat, total (g) 0.6 1% 0.5
- saturated (g) 0.13 1% 0.11
Available carbohydrate (g) 7.9 3% 6.6
- sugars (g) 7.0 8% 5.8
Dietary Fibre (g) 5.8 19% 5
Sodium (mg) 9 0% 8
Vitamin C (mg) 10 26%RDI* 9
Vitamin K (µg) 52 65% ESADDI** 43
Folate (µg) 25 13% RDI* 21
Thiamin (mg) 0.18 16% RDI* 0.15
Riboflavin (mg) 0.2 12% RDI* 0.17
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.37 23% RDI* 0.31
Potassium (mg) 576   480

Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ

Your daily Intakes may be higher or lower depending on your energy needs.

*Recommended Dietary Intake (Average Adult)

**Estimated Safe and Adequate Daily Dietary Intake


Source: FOODfiles 2016