Healthy living

Brussels sprouts

New varieties of Brussels sprouts are not bitter. The unpleasant smell sometimes associated with Brussels sprouts is due to over-cooking. Use in vegetable side dishes, soups, stir-fries, salads and garnishes.


Choose small, compact and firm heads with bright green colour.


In an airtight bag in refrigerator crisper. Use as soon as possible after purchase.


Boil or steam for 6-8 minutes.

Microwave in a single layer in a covered dish with 2 tablespoons water on high (100%) for 6-8 minutes until just tender, stirring after 4 minutes to ensure even cooking. If sprouts are cut in half lengthways they will be tender in approximately 4 minutes.

Serving suggestion

Toss cooked Brussels sprouts in a pan after frying a lean rasher of chopped bacon and a few breadcrumbs and chopped almonds.

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Information about a service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace professional advice. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified professional for answers to their questions.

Picture of poached egg and asparagus on a muffin with text: Try something new today - we have a recipe for every occasion