Kalettes: The Kale And Brussels Sprout Hybrid You Need To Try This Christmas

Sprout haters, a new green vegetable could be hitting your plate this Christmas and it's pretty adorable

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The mention of the word 'sprouts' in the ELLE office this morning didn't have quite the effect you might expect. Instead of wide-eyed revulsion, the whole team poured fourth their suggestions for the most delicious sprouts recipes. There were lardons and chestnuts and there was butter and cinnamon - you name it!

So, imagine our surprise when we found out there's another little vegetable that could persuade us to ditch Mr Sprout this festive season.

Enter, Kalettes.

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Vegetable company Staples Vegetables in Lincolnshire are growing what is now known as the 'kalette' – a hybrid of kale and brussel sprouts.

Commercial director of the company, Nigel Clare says: 'We think this will be a really popular choice for Christmas dinners this year.

From a children's point of view we have this process at Christmas where they will have three sprouts which they push around the plate.

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"So cute I could eat them. (I will.)" #kalettes 📷: @thefauxmartha

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'With Kalettes having a milder flavour, we are hoping it will be a hit for Christmas dinners as they are also so simple to cook,' he explained of the vegetable, currently being grown in the south west, south east Scotland, Lincolnshire and Aberdeenshire.

What has 2016 come to that we're now considering betraying our beloved sprout for a kalette?

Don't call us baby #kale, we're #kalettes. #vegan 📷: @chrissiewhit

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Previously known as 'flower sprouts', bags of kalettes are now being sold in M&S, Lidl, Aldi and Morrisons and can be steamed or stir-friend (with generous spoonfuls of salt, butter and pancetta, we'd like to add).

Christmas dinner just got a whole lot more interesting.

For ideas on how to cook Kalettes, follow the Kalettes Facebook group here.

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