A council tried to tell people how many Brussels sprouts they should eat at their Christmas dinner.
And it went down like a cold sprout sandwich.
Leicestershire County Council told its 15,000 followers on Twitter that ‘six sprouts’ equals ‘one portion’.
They added: ‘Don’t overbuy and they won’t go to waste. #Christmastip #wastefreexmas.’
But it seemed people were in no mood for advice on how to enjoy their turkey and trimmings.
Some locals accused the council of acting like a nanny state.
The tweet, sent out on Saturday evening, also sparked a host of hilarious Brexit-related replies, with one user posting: ‘If we want to leave Brussels we will.’
Others speculated if the council might issue penalties for diners who ate ‘seven, or even eight’ sprouts.
One follower wrote: ‘Councils need to focus on collecting bins and fixing street lamps, not offering this mind boggling dull and irrelevant nanny state drivel. That’s your official portion of common sense for the day.’
Another said: ‘Looking forward to a string of prosecutions of ordinary Leicestershire folk in the new year as many will fail to heed this advice/warning/veiled threat.’
And Natasha Rossiya added: ‘Are you going to prosecute Leicestershire residents if they have seven or, heaven forbid, eight sprouts? Will there be a ‘Sprout Officer’ (circa 42k per annum)?’
A council spokesman appeared to admit the authority had slipped up when it offered the advice.
He said: ‘We send out thousands of tweets, including messages about food waste, and sometimes we get it wrong.
‘We want residents to enjoy every aspect of Christmas Day, including the
The tweet came as Asda predicted 1.5 million bags of British Brussels sprouts will be sold in the Christmas week alone, an increase of 30% on last year.
Around 100 tonnes of sprouts are produced a day, with farmers working from dusk to dawn to ensure they end up on plates in time for December 25.
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