Stapleton Brussels sprout is the new urbanist's dream vegetable: Kenny Be's Hip Tip

Stapleton Brussels Sprout Denver County Fair Neighborhood Seed Co. Kenny Be Color Packet Westword Blog Head.jpg

By arranging compact cabbages in spiral clusters around a thick stalk in an effort to realize maximum nutritional values with minimal land use, the Stapleton Brussels sprout has quickly become the profit-driven urban planner's dream vegetable...

Stapleton Brussels Sprout Denver County Fair Neighborhood Seed Co. Kenny Be Color Packet Westword Blog.jpg

As illustrated on the Denver Neighborhood Seed Company packet shown above, the leafy buds sprout -- like the homes of the neighborhood -- in a spiral around the control tower of the old Stapleton International Airport. Stapleton Brussels sprout was developed by urban planners as a cultivar of the same species that includes Country Club cabbage, Hale kale, and Berkeley broccoli.

The "Control Tower" is a flavor-rich hybrid that produces extra-large, bright green two-inch round "Northfield Nuggets." Introduced to Denver in 2001 by Forest City Enterprises, Stapleton Brussels sprout is a good choice for new urbanist farmers who seek high nutritional yields from small gardens.

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