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Friday 1 August 2014

Bittersweet Yuletide for sprout lovers

Aideen Sheehan

Published 12/12/2013|23:32

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Brussels sprouts
Brussels sprouts

BRUSSELS sprouts will be sweeter than normal this year due to high levels of sunshine in recent months.

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Consumers who don't normally enjoy this festive vegetable may get a pleasant surprise this Christmas as their normally bitter taste will be offset by more than a hint of sweetness.

It's a similar weather-related phenomenon which led to a particularly vivid autumn as high levels of sun created more sugars in plants, creating sweeter tasting veg and brighter hues in leaves. Consumers have been urged to buy Irish-grown vegetables this year as growers are enjoying bumper crops.

"Given the good weather over recent months there is a strong supply of excellent quality Irish seasonal fresh field vegetables available. . . including parsnips, carrots, cauliflower," said Junior Agriculture Minister Tom Hayes.

Irish Independent

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