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Where did Brussels sprouts originate?

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Modern-day Brussels sprouts originated in the country of Belgium. This vegetable began to be cultivated in Belgium in the late 1500s.

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Earlier forms of Brussels sprouts date back to Rome in the 1200s, but were different than the ones grown today. The state of California produces the majority of Brussels sprouts in the United States. Numerous Brussels sprouts are exported to Canada where they are more popular.

Brussels sprouts are available frozen, canned and raw. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. They are also low in calories. Brussels sprouts are also believed to prevent certain types of cancer.

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