Bittersweet Yuletide for sprout lovers
BRUSSELS sprouts will be sweeter than normal this year due to high levels of sunshine in recent months.
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.