This is our first year growing brussel sprouts and I have to say they get my vote. For some reason brassicas always make me feel sceptical with regards to success. They have such a long growing season in comparison to most crops which leaves them open to attack on many front. The brassicas ar sown in spring but unlike most crops aren't harvested till autumn or even the following spring. A lot of challenging conditions can present themselves to a slow maturing brassica during that time ; a lone slug can wipe one out in the early weeks, a couple of weeks weeding neglect can see them smothered, then there's caterpillar attacks later in the season, when summers over torrential rain or hailstones can leave the plant in tatters and winds can blow the mature plants flat to the ground.
But the majority of our brussels have come through all of that and we will easily have a good six weeks supply of lovely luscious sprouts. They will certainly feature in our Christmas dinner, as will one of our home reared organic ducks. Some homegrown vegetables outshine shop bought alternatives in terms of flavour and brussels score very highly, alongside sweet corn and tomatoes.