Ben Harrison is a 26-year-old technical manager who enjoys eating Brussels sprouts. He was hired by Asda in order to check the sprouts for quality before being made available to customers.
Despite many people thinking that this is a terrible job, Ben says he loves his job. He can happily eat 50 Brussel sprouts a days.
Ben, a Leeds resident, said: “When we’re testing new varieties, and visiting our trusted growers,” I can eat as many as 50 sprouts daily.
“This is the best thing about my job!”
“It is important that we offer Asda customers only the finest tasting sprouts. We also continue to improve variety so more people can try them.
26-year-old Ben Harrison is an Asda Taste Tester. He visits partner farms and tries out new varieties of Asda products
Ben can eat up to 50 Brussel sprouts per day on some days – a horrible job, but it’s his dream job.
“The best and most freshest sprouts will have an orange-yellow colour. The shape of the variety determines whether it is oval or round.
“Over the years the variety has evolved from being bitter to one that is sweeter.
“It is very important that sprouts be cooked properly. Overcooking can cause them to become more bitter, and it could also create an unpleasant smell. That’s why sprout lovers are often put off.
Ben is a student in Food and Nutrition, and he was the ideal taster for Asda’s Brussel sprouts at Christmas.
He said, “We collaborate with trusted farmers who cultivate over 15 varieties to make sure we have the highest quality sprouts available for Asda customers in Christmas.”
Ben holds a degree and palate in Food and Nutrition and is equipped to find the best sprouts on Asda’s shelves.
Ben suggests that brussel sprouts can be roasted raw, rather than grating.
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“It is difficult to test sprouts because it is not easy to spot the differences between varieties. However, this is necessary to provide customers with the highest quality sprouts.
“You should also be able to understand all aspects that influence harvests.
Sprouts can be a delicious addition to the Christmas dinner.
They can also be used for other purposes, so don’t limit yourself to Christmas.
You can also add sprouts to other recipes. Simply cook the sprouts and then grate them into fresh salads, whole roasts, or with herbs and garlic.
“There are many amazing sprout products at Asda this season that will make anyone love sprouts.”
You can grab plain sprouts, but you will need to make your own. The trimmed version also helps cut down the prep time for the big day.
“Brussel sprouts make Christmas special! This is just ahead of the pigs covered in blankets.