Traditional Christmas Foods – Are they on your menu?

Traditional Christmas Foods – Are they on your menu?

Traditional Christmas Food. There are many traditional Christmas foods that we look forward to supplying customers with over the Christmas period. This week we take a look at some of the most popular starting with the traditional Christmas favourite the sprout. Sprouts Thought to have originated in Afganistan and Iran, it is believed Brussel sprouts won its name after becoming popular and first cultivated in the Belgian capital in the 16th century. Although, some sources have traced sprouts back to ancient China where they were used in Chinese medicine. They are related to the Brassica family which includes cabbage, kale and broccoli and have a sweet and nutty flavour although some people find the taste bitter. Sprouts grow in multiple rows along a thick, central stalk. With the season for sprouts running from October to early March due to their need to grow at cool temperatures. Sprouts are often readily available around the festive season which makes it a popular vegetable for Christmas dinner. Packed full of vitamins and folic acid, there are plenty of health reasons to devour one of over 100 varieties of sprouts however, they do have an undesirable side effect. Due to a complex sugar known as raffinose, sprouts are hard to digest as the body cannot produce the enzyme needed to break down some of the chemical components they contain. This eventually leads to a build-up of hydrogen, carbon dioxide and the dreaded methane which has to leave the body somehow! Brussel sprouts are also full of sulphur-containing chemicals to deter animals from eating the sprouts which adds to the age old problem. Whether you...