Brussels Sprouts - The vegetable gets its name from the city of Brussels, Belgium (Duh!) which is where it was first grown in any quantity in the 1600s. Thus, when written, the vegetable is always plural and is always capitalized. Brussels sprouts belong to the cabbage family (another duh!). The interesting facts about Brussels sprouts are that they contain glucosinate - which has been shown by researchers to prevent colon cancer. They are low in saturated fat and cholesterol and are super rich in Vitamin A (1122 IU/cup), beta carotene (670 IU/cup), and Vitamin C (80% of RDA per half cup). According to a 2002 survey, Brussels sprouts are the most hated vegetable in Great Britain. That's some accolade, there!!