Organic Rubine Red Brussels Sprouts

Sprouts (and turnip) picked in the Sun and a look at the plant on a frosty morning

Sprouts (and turnip) picked in the Sun and a look at the plant on a frosty morning

We have patiently waited for our Brussels Sprouts (Organic Rubine Red) to be ready to harvest.  Just in time to fulfill the Irish tradition of serving sprouts for Christmas, our Rubine Red sprouts were ready to be picked this week! I was thankful that my husband had gone out into the garden while it was still sunny.  We had our first hard frost this week, which gives everything a lovely crystal look, but is cold to be harvesting vegetables!

Preparing our purple sprouts

Preparing our purple sprouts

My husband enjoys cooking, even more so when he doesn’t use a recipe.  So I can tell you that they tasted delicious, but I can’t give you an exact recipe!  He boiled them for a few minutes with some rashers (similar to Canadian bacon), and then baked them in the oven while the turkey was cooking.  They looked pretty too, being rather purple in color.  I know that earlier in the season I had mentioned that I really didn’t want to plant them again due to the issue we had with caterpillars. But given how good they tasted, I think we will try growing them again. This time we will cover the young plants with fleece to prevent the moths from laying their eggs. Hopefully that will keep the caterpillar population down!

A touch of frost on the Rubine Red Organic Brussels Sprouts plant

A touch of frost on the Rubine Red Organic Brussels Sprouts plant

The day was just so peaceful and frosty and sunny!

A look at the frozen garden

A look at the frozen garden

A freezing day on the 25th of December 2013

A freezing day on the 25th of December 2013

I took some pictures at the beginning of December that I must share with you in my next post.  I had daisies blooming!  I might make that a “wordless” post this week.

The view from our front yard

The view from our front yard

I really like the views of fields around our house; add a little sunlight and my camera and I are happy!

We really did have a lovely, peaceful Christmas.  I hope yours was lovely, too.
Merry Christmas!

Dana

Later on that same frosty day...

Later on that same frosty day…  Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

11 thoughts on “Organic Rubine Red Brussels Sprouts

  1. I can’t believe you were so lucky to have not had a heavy frost until just now. Your husband sounds just like mine…a good cook but just doesn’t measure. 🙂 I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

    • It was quite strange having such mild weather, Karen, not like winter at all! Yes, I do think we should both keep our good husbands around, even if they aren’t quite precise with their cooking 😉 Thank you for your good wishes. We have been enjoying some much needed relaxed family time together. Merry Christmas to you too Karen!

  2. The sprouts looks great, I only grew a red variety once, I really should look into them again. Oh and I hope you tried or cooked the Brussel top too – very tasty?!
    And I love the way frost looks. plus I like the thought of it killing all those slugs and bugs 🙂
    Wishing you all a very happy new year x

    • Hi Claire, I thought the red color was so pretty, and what a bonus for it to taste good too. We did not know about eating the tops of the plant! We still have some plants, though so we must try them yet. Thank you for that tip! I am very much hoping for a good hard frost to take care of the slugs. I just wish I knew what the minimum time was to absolutely make sure they’ve been “taken care of”!!! Thanks for your well wishes, and many happy returns to you! Dana

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