(yes, Brussel is plural lol)
If you were a kid in the 90s, this dinner scene should look familiar:
And Durd isn’t a picky eater!
Brussels sprouts used to contain something that made them taste like dog sh*t.
They were literally inedible.
So what changed?
Well, enter the dutchest of scientists – Hans van Doorn:
Hans is pissed.
So he makes this inedible brussels sprout problem his life’s mission.
He dives in..
And he quickly discovers the chemical in brussels sprouts that give them a sulfur smell and bitter taste.
In fact, it’s the same compound that gives broccoli and kale and wasabi their pungent taste.
Glucosinolates evolved as a plant’s defense mechanism against herbivores – plant eaters.
So Hans van Doorn gets an idea.
He starts mating brussels sprouts together:
And over time, he selects less bitter mates to breed out the glucosinolates.
He had done it!
He was left with a Brussels sprout baby that had way less glucosinolates in it.
His sprouts had a delicious, sweet taste.
So, thank Hans next time you see brussels sprouts on a fancy restaurant’s menu.
They’re actually edible now..
Henry & Dylan 🌈
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