Brassicas: what’s it all asprout? | Natural History Museum


Broccoli, Brussels sprouts,
cauliflower and cabbage all might be found
in a Sunday roast But do you really have a say in which plant you’re actually eating? There is one magical plant that has been used as a
source of domesticated plants. This plant is Brassica oleracea,
the wild mustard plant. It has been cultivated
and selected for qualities: for instance,
the terminal bud for cabbage, lateral buds for Brussels sprouts, the stem and flowers for broccoli, or the clustered flowers for cauliflower. All these varieties
that you see and eat come from the same species,
the Brassica oleracea, and farmers are still looking into
producing new varieties.

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