Growers call for patriotic sprouts

20 November 2000

Growers call for patriotic sprouts

By FWi staff

HOME-GROWN Brussels sprouts should be renamed to reflect their British rather than Belgian origins, claims a leading grower.

The British Sprout Growers Association spokesman told the BBC Radio 4 Farming Today programme that the vegetables should by called British sprouts.

This would distinguish new sweet-tasting UK varieties which from traditional types, which have a reputation for a strong, bitter taste, he explained.

Sprouts picked up their Brussels name when they were developed by Belgian growers 500 years ago.

The British sprout industry has a 30 million turnover and involves more than 200 growers.

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