Juicing Brussels sprout leaves

I love my Saturday morning routine. After breakfast I take my dog, my son and his bike and head over to the farmer’s market. I buy my produce then we go to the riverwalk where my son rides his bike and I walk my dog. It’s the perfect way to spend the morning. Since I’m buying seasonal I usually know what I’m going to buy before I get there. Now that spring has arrived and new produce is coming in, there are some surprises.  Last Saturday I was treated to these beautiful Brussels sprouts.

Brussels sproutsThe Brussels sprouts were young and tender and the leaves looked so fresh and vibrant. I  knew I wanted to eat the whole plant, but I never tasted the leaves before.

Brussels sprout crownJust look at all those leaves!

I asked the farmer what they tasted like, he said like collard greens. I love collard greens so I knew I’d love these leaves too. I just love shopping at my farmer’s market, because I can actually talk to the farmer who is growing my food. When he saw my interest in the leaves he picked out a bunch with a lot of leaves for me to buy. I appreciated his thoughtfulness.

This was my first time buying Brussels that were still attached to the stalk and had so many leaves on them. In the grocery store most of the time they are sold loose, and if they are attached to the stalk there are no leaves on them.  It’s hard to know how long they have been sitting around. I knew these were going to taste great because they were just picked. I decided I would juice some of the leaves and make small wraps with the rest.

Preparing to juice Here is a picture of all of my vegetables and fruit cut and ready to be juiced.

For my Brussels sprout juice I used:

  • Three stalks of celery
  • 3/4 of a large cucumber
  • One yellow delicious apples
  • Brussels sprout leaves

Whenever I am juicing a new green I always taste my juice as I go, just to make sure the flavors aren’t too strong. I just keep a spoon nearby and mix and taste.

Preparing to juice I ended up adding one honey tangerine to my juice to add a touch more sweetness. The juice tasted very green, the flavor was very similar to when I juice collard greens. I like that strong green flavor, I find it very refreshing. If you don’t like that strong green taste just use fewer Brussels sprout leaves and mix it with a milder green like chard or spinach.

Brussels sprout juice

I really enjoyed this green juice recipe, I can’t wait to make it again. Sometimes it gets to be challenging to rotate my greens, because I buy the same produce week after week. These Brussels sprout leaves were an unexpected surprise. Another great reason to shop at your local farmer’s market.

  • http://www.themagnificentitch.com.au/ Guy

    This sounds perfect. I keep trying to grow brussel sprouts but the plant never actually gives me sprouts. Well at least I can juice the leaves. Awesome.

  • http://hihorosie.blogspot.com hihorosie

    I will def. have to try them if I come across them; I love collards!

  • http://hihorosie.blogspot.com hihorosie

    I will def. have to try them if I come across them; I love collards!

  • http://exfoodie.com/ Neven

    So nice of you to lend out your juicer and spread the green juice love!

  • http://exfoodie.com/ Neven

    If you like collards you would really like this juice. I had so much energy after I drank it. I love green juice!

  • http://findyourbalancehealth.com/ Michelle @ Find Your Balance

    I've only ever once found brussels attached to the stalk with leaves. How great you found some! I don't mind a green taste in my juice but I do mind that my juicer has been lent out to a friend forever. Time to get it back! :-)

  • http://findyourbalancehealth.com/ Michelle @ Find Your Balance

    I’ve only ever once found brussels attached to the stalk with leaves. How great you found some! I don’t mind a green taste in my juice but I do mind that my juicer has been lent out to a friend forever. Time to get it back! :-)

    • http://exfoodie.com/ Neven

      So nice of you to lend out your juicer and spread the green juice love!

  • http://hihorosie.blogspot.com hihorosie

    What a great idea! Never thought about the actual leaves from brussel sprouts…probably because I don't think much about brussel sprouts themselves. LOL! I do enjoy collard greens so I look forward to finding these whole someday…somewhere. :) Thanks for sharing.

  • http://hihorosie.blogspot.com hihorosie

    What a great idea! Never thought about the actual leaves from brussel sprouts…probably because I don’t think much about brussel sprouts themselves. LOL! I do enjoy collard greens so I look forward to finding these whole someday…somewhere. :) Thanks for sharing.

    • http://exfoodie.com/ Neven

      If you like collards you would really like this juice. I had so much energy after I drank it. I love green juice!

      • http://hihorosie.blogspot.com hihorosie

        I will def. have to try them if I come across them; I love collards!

  • http://exfoodie.com/ Neven

    I will make the wraps tomorrow and fill them with pumpkin seed curry and some other vegetables. I'm still working on the recipe for the pumpkin seed curry,I'll post it as soon as I'm done.

  • NAF

    great idea to use the leaves–the juice looks really good! i would love to try it. what did you put in the wraps?

  • NAF

    great idea to use the leaves–the juice looks really good! i would love to try it. what did you put in the wraps?

    • http://exfoodie.com/ Neven

      I will make the wraps tomorrow and fill them with pumpkin seed curry and some other vegetables. I’m still working on the recipe for the pumpkin seed curry,I’ll post it as soon as I’m done.