3 Main Differences Between Cabbages and Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage vs. Brussels Sprouts
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Brussels sprouts are commonly known by the nickname “baby cabbages”, but that doesn’t necessarily make them equals. These two veggies belong to the same plant family, but there are many major differences between them, and here are the three most significant ones.

Growth Differences

You don’t even have to taste cabbage or Brussels sprouts to tell they’re different, it’s enough to see them while they’re still growing. Cabbages grow close to the ground, but that’s not the case with their smaller cousin because sprouts grow their tiny heads on a tall central stem.

Taste Differences

Once you take a bite of these veggies, it’s pretty clear they’re not one of the same. Brussels sprouts have a more bitter flavor, but they can taste pretty great when grilled, roasted, boiled, steamed, or stir-fried. These preparation methods work with cabbages, as well, but they’re also a good pick for salads and slaws because they taste just as amazing when eaten raw.

Nutritional Differences

Brussels sprouts may have a more bitter taste than cabbages, but it’s all worth it because they’re much more nutritious. They contain a high level of vitamins A and C, potassium, and magnesium, while cabbages have lower calorie content, but contain more sugar, resulting in their better taste.