Did you know vegetables are leaving bitterness behind?
Brussels sprouts are commonly associated with bitter taste; however, today’s varieties are much milder than before. Bitterness is due to naturally occurring chemical compounds that make vegetables less appealing to plant predators (and humans too).
To improve the taste, plant breeders looked for old varieties that have low levels of “bitterness” and crossed them with modern varieties. The resulting Brussels sprouts combined superior agronomic performance with milder bitterness .
Plant breeding innovation allows faster development of vegetables suited to changing consumers’ demand. Recent examples include elimination of bitterness in chicory and Belgian endives using CRISPR/Cas9 technology .