Despite a bad reputation - and an unwarranted one at that - Brussels sprouts are again proving their supreme domination over other vegetables as they are now being used to power Christmas trees.
That's right. Everyone's least favorite side dish is lighting up classic holiday décor.
As designed by scientists at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair and revealed last week, one thousand Brussels sprouts were tied up to five power cells constructing a gigantic, 63-volt battery that looks sort of like a rotisserie for veggies. Copper and zinc electrodes were then placed into each sprout to create a chemical reaction, generating electrical power to LEDs on a Christmas tree.
With the flip of a switch, the Brussels sprouts battery was used to successfully light an eight-foot tree in the Southbank of London. A Christmas miracle!
Sean Miles, Director of Prototyping at Windsor-based Designworks, which made the installation, tells the Daily Mail, "They will keep generating a current for as long as the vegetables stay fresh, and not decomposed. As long as they're fresh they will keep providing the electrolytes for the chemical reaction that generates the current."
The idea for this replacement energy source was devised by a bunch of kids in England, who were probably hoping to get out of eating the super food for dinner. The power generated by the sprouts should last a month and the vegetables can be replaced thereafter.
Your move, Broccoli.