The Q&A Archives: Purple Brussel Sprouts

Question: I remember reading on the ABC News website a few months back about a market gardener in Indiana or Ohio growing purple brussel sprouts and then shipping them to upscale restaurants all over the United States.

Are there really such a thing as purple brussel sprouts? If so, where can I buy the seed for them?

Answer: The sprouts you mention are actually an heirloom variety and have recently been rediscovered. They're called Rubine, mature in 85 days, and are available from Swallowtail Seeds, 122 Calistoga Road #178, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Phone 800-723-1771.

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