It is thought that for Brussels sprout because it is a tough vegetable it takes a long time for digestion, so most people know how to overcome them, where the heads lose their good taste and a considerable amount of nutrients.
Food experts believe that the Brussels sprout is enough to cook for 5 minutes, preferably on steam.
Exactly 5 minutes of steam cooking proved to be the optimal time for the main Brussels sprout to be the most delicious – externally soft, and crisp and lightly digestible from the inside. If they are cooked longer, the green color fades away. And an unpleasant smell begins to release, which also affects the taste.
This low-calorie vegetable is a real miracle when it comes to nutrients.
Brussels sprout is a great source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), B, C, E and K, and contains a number of minerals: potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, calcium …
There are also omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, fibers, tryptophan, lutein, zeaxanthin …
Brussels sprout, like other green vegetables, contains significant amounts of sulfur substances, such as glucosinolates and isothiocyanates. Which increase the ability of the liver to produce enzymes that neutralize potentially toxic substances and protect against cancer.
Due to the abundance of vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, the Brussels sprout contributes to the health of the skin and the connective tissues so they are great “beauty foods”. They are recommended for good digestion, solid bones, strong muscles …
Avoid the tops with yellowed and drooping leaves. If fresh, they can remain in such condition for up to 10 days if stored properly. Put them in a plastic bag, tightly close it and squeeze the air. Do not wash them before putting them in the refrigerator, but only immediately before use. Wash them under cold running water, and do not let them stand in it because they lose nutrients.
Getting ready simply. You have to cut off the end, where the trunk is, and if the headers are larger, you can cut them. It is good to leave them cut into halves or quarters for about 5-10 minutes before you smoke because it activates the beneficial enzymes. To encourage this process you can sprinkle with a little lemon juice.