Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts, a variety of cabbage, Brassica oleracea, forma gemmifera, producing numerous small axillary sprouts, like miniature cabbages. It originated in Belgium, and has long been cultivated round Brussels, though not long generally grown in England. It is known to have sprung from the savoy (forma bullata), is very hardy, and is one of our most valued winter vegetables.