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.
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.
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.
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.
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.