Brussels Sprout cultivated in Belgium in the 16th century. They are high in vitamin A and C as well as a good source of iron.
It's one of those vegetables that hangs around for a long time, since their season starts in August and lasts until March.
Sadly it doesn't have a very good reputation and many people dislike it.
Me on the other hand thoroughly enjoy them especially if they are roasted and then served with some lemon butter.
Oh wait.....this post was suppose to showcase KNIFE.
What can I say?
Knives have been used as weapons, tools and eating utensils since prehistoric times. However, it is only in fairly recent times that knives have been designed specifically for table use. Hosts did not provide Cutlery for their guests in the Middle Ages in Europe. Most people carried their own knives in sheaths attached to their belts. These knives were narrow and their sharply pointed ends were used to spear food to raise it to their mouth to eat.
Long after knives were adopted for table use, however, they continued to be used as weapons. Thus, the multi-purpose nature of the knife continued to pose the threat of danger at the dinner table.
In 1669 King Louis XIV of France decreed all pointed knives on the street or used at the dinner table 'illegal' and he ordered all knife points ground down, like those similarly used today...in order to reduce violence!
The birth of the 'blunt-ended' knife in Europe had a lasting effect on American dining etiquette. At the beginning of the 18th Century, relatively few forks were imported to America. However, Knives were still being imported with the ends becoming increasingly blunter. Due to the Americans having very few forks to dine with and no pointed-tipped knives, they were forced to use spoons in lieu of forks. Using the spoon to steady the food whilst cutting, then switching the spoon to the other hand in order to scoop up and eat.