Red Ball brussels sprout seeds produce plants with red foliage and sprouts, and the colour really improves in cold weather and after frost. Yields on this 1m (36") tall variety are a bit lower, but the dark red sprouts are sweeter, and thought to be more nutritious. Harvested from November to January here on the coast, it looks stunning when cooked, and makes an interesting gourmet side dish. Try removing the buds and "unwrapping" them into individual leaves for an eye catching and tasty side salad. Or serve them whole with a creamy white hollandaise sauce to take advantage of the contrasting colours.
Matures in 120 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)
Fresh Brussels sprouts are a superb fall and winter treat. Like broccoli, these little “cabbages” are full of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fibre. And after frost, they become sweet, as the plants create sugar for antifreeze. Keep your plants moist and well-mulched during the heat of summer, to ensure your supply of Brussels sprouts until the holidays. These big top-heavy plants are some of the easiest brassicas to grow. You should be able to expect a large harvest from only 4 or 5 plants. Follow along this handy How to Grow Brussels Sprouts and grow mini cabbages this season.