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The humble sprout has become a surprise hit in the US after it was given a modern-day makeover by cunning British growers.
The traditional cabbage-like vegetables have long been a staple on British dinner plates and also the subject of many a heated debate in for their 'love them or hate them' qualities, but they have never been a best-seller across the pond - until now.
British boffins spent 15 years working tirelessly to perfect a tastier and more appealing version of the classic Brussels sprout by cross-breeding with kale, the latest trendy superfood.
The new sprouts, branded kalettes, have been flying off the shelves since they were introduced in the US in October, and have proved such a hit that growers there have had to step up production to try to meet the demand.