The latest festive treat - deep-fried sprouts in batter

A new festive treat is being cooked up on Norwich market.

A market stall in Norwich is trying a new festive twist on the humble Brussels sprout to try to make it into a tasty treat.

The sprouts are being deep-fried in batter and served up with salt and vinegar.

The British have a love-hate relationship with the small green vegetable which particularly graces our dinner tables at Christmas.

But apparently us Brits eat more sprouts per head of population than any other country in Europe.

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Bedfordshire was once the main county in the UK for producing sprouts as they were found to grow extremely well in the firm well drained soil of mid and east Bedfordshire.

Like other members of the cabbage family, the sprout in native to areas around the Mediterranean but was also cultivated in Belgium near Brussels in the 13th century - hence the name.

They are a good source of vitamins C and K and plenty of dietary fibre.

There were fears this year that the hot, dry weather this summer would hit brassica crops like Brussels, cauliflower and broccoli.

The deep-fried sprouts are being served up on the historic market in Norwich for 60p a portion.

The stall also makes battered Christmas puddings and mince pies.