Brussels Sprouts looks like a tiny version of a cabbage. The ones that came in this week’s Farmer’s Basket were about 1 inch. The origin of Brussels Sprouts traces back to Mediterranean region, but because it was popularized in Brussels, Belgium the name stayed.
This vegetable is an acquired taste. When cooked, some find its aroma unpleasant. However, the nutritional value of Brussels Sprouts which is rich in antioxidants; high in fiber; and vitamin K is sufficient for me to add to my vegetable repertoire.
Shishito Peppers is a small and thin finger size pepper that are often served as an appetizer in Japanese Restaurants. The name Shishito means Lion’s Head though one must truly use imagination to see lions.
High in vitamins A, C and K, some people add Shishito Peppers to their daily diet. One interesting thing about this pepper is that they are mostly mild but one out of 8 can be very hot. I recall on one occasion, my Mother and I were eating newly harvested and quickly pan fried peppers for breakfast. J.J. popped one in his mouth and choked. Some reference eating Shishito Peppers like playing Russian Roulette. If you are the unlucky one, you will get the spicy pepper.
Some of you know that J.J. is a great cook. The plate he made of Brussels Sprouts & Shishito Peppers was fantastic!
Aloha -- Cathi