The Kale-Brussel Sprout Hybrid Super Vegetable: It’s An Actual Thing

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  • They're called Flower Sprouts or Kalettes.

    Two of the world’s most nutritious vegetables have been combined to make a kale-brussel sprout hybrid.

    A UK-based company called Tozer Seeds has spent 15 years working on creating this new vegetable, originally called Flower Sprouts but now coined Kalettes™ to capitalise on the world’s current obsession with kale.

    According to the company’s website, the cross-bred veggie is a ‘fresh fusion between sweet and nutty!’

    The hybrid has been 15 years in the making with scientists working away in an attempt to tone down the Brussels sprout flavour of the new vegetable (very wise) and to make it easy on the eye (it looks like a pretty mini cabbage). And, apparently, the Tozer Seeds are still tweaking details as we type.

    Kalettes are easy to prepare and more versatile than original kale; they can be steamed, roasted or eaten raw in a salad.

    It’s very rare for hybrid vegatable of this kind to take off in any real way, the last one to be introduced was Broccolini, which was developed in 1993 by Sakata Seed Company in Japan.

    Kalettes will be sold from Autumn this year in the US and are already available in the UK.

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