Falstaff is not only ornamental but also extremely savory. Scout Proft of Someday Farm CSA in E. Dorset, VT, finds them “not as cabbagey” as other brussels sprouts. Her turkey pick-up customers who can see their purple stalks among the baskets of greens and whites really like them. Cooking brings out Falstaff’s tender nutty sweetness while allowing it to retain bluish-purple pigments. It cooks quickly, though, so don’t overdo it. Good production one year, only fair the next, sprouts with beautiful color, wide size variation, but most quite small compared to the green hybrids, and can be late coming. The color intensifies after a hard frost.
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