From Bitter to Better: The Evolution of Brussels Sprouts Since the 90s

Since the 1990s, Brussels sprouts have undergone intentional breeding to improve their taste by reducing their bitterness. Plant breeders selected the most promising varieties and crossbred them with newer ones that boasted other beneficial features, such as increased yields and robust disease resistance. This strategic breeding resulted in Brussels sprout varieties that have been well-received by farmers, chefs, and ultimately, the end consumers.