Brussels sprouts are a member of the cabbage family and an excellent source of nutrients. Named for Brussels, Belgium, where they were first cultivated in the 16th century, Brussels sprouts are a vegetable that is commonly seen in the grocery store, but not-as-commonly seen in the home garden. This is probably because they aren’t the easiest vegetable to grow. They require a relatively long growing season (80–100 days to harvest) and are a cool-season crop, meaning that they produce best when grown for a fall or early winter harvest. Brussels sprouts form as buds along the main stem of the plant, just above each leaf axil. The sprouts improve in flavor after a light frost or two.