Brussels sprouts were so called after becoming popular in the Belgian capital in the 16th Century, but the Brussels sprout is originally thought to have come from Iran and Afghanistan.
Britons eat more Brussels sprouts than anyone else in Europe. The little brassicas contain high levels of vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary fibre, and can help protect against colon and stomach cancer. An 80g serving of sprouts contains four times more vitamin C than an orange, and a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts contains only about 60 calories. There are more than 110 different varieties of sprouts.
At Christmas 2014, a man from Ayrshire was rushed to hospital with a sprout overdose. Sprouts contain vitamin K and he had eaten so many of them that the vitamin levels affected the anticoagulant medication he was taking for a heart condition.
According to newspaper reports, staff at the Sea Life Centre in Weymouth, Dorset fed their turtles brussel sprouts in 2006 and the flatulant animals set off an emergency sensor inside their tank.
During rehearsals for Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie ordered Brussels sprouts every day for lunch, but never ate them. When his friend William Nicholson asked him why, Barrie said: 'I cannot resist ordering them. The words are so lovely to say'.
But I always knew when I got to the Brussels sprouts, I was on thin ice.
24% of the UK's sprouts (9,700 tonnes) are sold in December. And 1 in 20 sprouts eaten in this country is grown on one particular farm in East Yorkshire where 175 million are produced every year. The area covered by Brussels sprout fields in the UK is the equivalent of 3,240 football pitches.
In 2010 the Great Sprout Drought, caused by bad weather, led to prices of £9.55 per kilo. That was only 31p per kilo cheaper than buying turkey.
Around 5,000 years ago sprouts were prescribed by Chinese physicians as a medication for bowel problems.
In 2014, a team of scientists and local schoolchildren used the energy from 1,000 Brussels sprouts to light a Christmas on London's Southbank.
In 2015, adventurer Stuart Kettell, rolled a Brussels sprout to the top of Mt. Snowdon using his nose to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support.
Linus Urbanec from Sweden holds the world record for the most Brussels sprouts eaten in one minute. He swallowed 31 on 26 November, 2008.
The heaviest ever sprout was grown in 1992 and weighed 8.3kg (18lb/3oz).
Overcooked sprouts smell like rotten eggs because of their high levels of sulforaphane.
Overcooked sprouts them like rotten eggs because of their high levels of sulphur containing chemicals.