Brussel sprouts are for life not just for Christmas


It’s Christmas and the Salty Cee likes to champion a charity.  This year we’re supporting the noble Brussel Spouts Trust campaign “Brussel sprouts are for life not just for Christmas”.

It seems that this poor vegetable is neglected for the whole year and then somehow winds up on the Christmas dinner plate only to be forgotten, or worse, scorned after just one meal.

Supermarkets often slash prices to get people to buy brussels in the run-up to Christmas (with some stores even paying people to take them home) and so many end up with this vegetable in their pantry without considering the long-term responsibility such ownership entails.

This charity sees a flurry of brussels abandoned over the Christmas period when the appeal of a cute vegetable wears thin as people realise that they’re not just little cabbages but something that requires stamina and dedication to eat.

Did you know that this unassuming vegetable has become the butt of jokes since the first one was made in 1954 after rationing ceased and people were no longer forced to eat it?  Indeed, the latest research shows that more than 90% of the population had made a joke about brussels over the last month alone.

That’s where the Brussel Spouts Trust comes in.  They collect abandoned brussels from the nation’s trash, provide counselling to help them overcome their low self-esteem and then seek to rehome them with families who are prepared to eat them.

The Trust also campaigns to try and reduce irresponsible selling of the vegetable.  In addition, they offer local courses where people can learn how to take care of their brussels and use advertising to convince people of their health benefits of eating them all year round.

“Our dream is to see brussel smoothie shops sprout up on every street corner across the country,” said Ivor Bellyache, the Trust’s CEO.

If you want to support the noble work of this campaign then click here for more details.

Reporter: John Spencer aka Not the Bible

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