Brussels sprouts have come a long way. Once known primarily as the vegetable most detested by children, the sprout is currently enjoying the spotlight as a darling ingredient at top restaurants. Now, there’s even more reason to love brussels sprouts: They could cut down your holiday electricity bill. A team from The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair recently created a battery that runs on brussels sprouts. It takes five energy cells (each of which is comprised of 200 sprouts) to power the lights on an eight-foot tall Christmas tree currently on display on London’s South Bank.
Here, a few more unexpected (and delicious) uses for brussels sprouts.
Bruschetta. Perfect for Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres, these cheddar toasts are topped with soft, sweet onions and crispy brussels sprouts leaves.