Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Did you know cauliflower, besides white, is also available in purple, orange and green? The orange variety originated in a field of cauliflower, in Canada, as a natural mutant. Its color also means it contains beta-carotene. Green cauliflower has two main versions, one that is similar to white cauliflower but is green, then a rather bizarre cultivar called Romanesco broccoli. This variety has a fractal shape and is pictured among the photos below. You can’t miss it. Purple cauliflower is very purple and contains a pigment similar to red cabbage.

Here’s a 5-minute video on growing cauliflower including the purple and orange varieties. This 4-minute video details the health benefits of cauliflower. Here is Ina Garten’s 3-minute video on making cauliflower gratin using a white sauce with gruyere and parmesan.

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  • Basic Information, quote: Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea in the genus Brassica, which is in the family Brassicaceae. It is an annual plant that reproduces by seed. Typically, only the head is eaten – the edible white flesh sometimes called “curd” (with a similar appearance to cheese curd). The cauliflower head is composed of a white inflorescence meristem. Cauliflower heads resemble those in broccoli, which differs in having flower buds as the edible portion. Brassica oleracea also includes broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale, collectively called “cole” crops, though they are of different cultivar groups. (Source)
  • Cauliflower grows best in cool temperatures.
  • Cauliflower has many health benefits including anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • ¼ cup cooked cauliflower has only 15 calories but 45% of your daily vitamin C requirements.
  • Cauliflower comes in white, orange, purple and green though white is the most common.
  • Cauliflower fascinates mathematicians because it has a fractal dimension, quote: …every branch, or “module”, is similar to the entire cauliflower. Another quality, also present in other plant species, is that the angle between “modules,” as they become more distant from the center, is 360 degrees divided by the golden ratio. (Source)
  • The bigger the cauliflower the more flavorful it will be.
  • Cauliflower is an excellent source of fiber.
  • Cauliflower does contain a substance called purines. If you have trouble with gout or kidney stones, cauliflower might be something to limit. As with any medical issue, consult your physician.

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42 thoughts on “Cauliflower

  1. I am not at all a fan of cauliflower; if I never have to eat it again, I’ll be very happy! The fractal shape one might be fun to look at in a garden, though. I would just need to find someone to eat it for me…

  2. I never cared for cauliflower as a child but now I love it. I like the picture of the purple cauliflower. I’ve never seen the purple, orange or green cauliflower just the white.

  3. Wow! The romanesco broccoli fractal shaped one is fascinating and beautiful. Wonder if it tastes the same? I love cauliflower and have had the white, green and purple though none of the others. I personally prefer it raw with a nice dill dip, but it isn’t bad steamed either. Now I have to look up the others and find a way to try them! Thanks Caris!

    Drea – South-central Arizona

  4. I love cauliflower. I have only had the white kind. The purple is pretty. I don’t get to eat it too often because i’m The only one in my family that likes it. They hate when I cook it.

  5. Wow, i wish we had the pretty colours when my kids were young. They might have enjoyed it more if it looked pretty!

  6. Didn’t know it came in different colors. I’ve only eaten white cauliflower raw before. I’ve never tried it cooked. The purple is so pretty and the fractal shape is amazing to look at. No wonder scientists are fascinated with it !!

  7. I love to eat Cauliflower. I add it to mashed potatoes ( you can boil them together) to get delicious, lighter version with less calories. Also put some olive oil and mashed garlic on the florets and roast them, or add curry powder to the oil then roast. YUM!

    That fractal cauliflower is so intriguingly beautiful, looks like it come from another planet.

  8. I had no idea that cauliflower came in so many different colors! The yellow one is … I can’t find the words. Regardless, thanks for the information!

  9. Such pretty photos! I love cauliflower and we eat it quite often. I find it fascinating how it is being used for so many things things such as pizza crust. Who knew?

  10. No matter how pretty they look, I just can not eat this vegetable. There is not enough cheese to make me like it. Sorry to all of you who love it

    • Theresa,
      I’m pretty sure this is an either/or vegetable. Either you love it or you hate it!

      And we’re all different!

      Caris
      Buckeye Arizona USA

  11. My grocery store sells the orange, white and purple cauliflower. I didn’t realize how healthy it is for ya. I knew it was healthy, but not how much lol.

  12. I love cauliflower but never knew it came in so many colors. I have only seen the white. The fractual one is something else! Loved the last picture showing all of the different colored cauliflowers. Enjoyed all the photo though and they made me hungry!! AZ

  13. Love Cauliflower raw in salads, with bell pepper and sweet peppers, carrots, onions, cucumbers, you know, all the crunchy stuff, and you have an amazing salad. And to think of all the healthy benefits. I would eat cauliflower just for the benefits. But, great news for me, I love it. I would love to find some purple cauliflower, would make the salad just too awesome!

  14. I really enjoy mashed cauliflower and potatoes. They are quite complementary, Mother nature provides us all we need – just eat the rainbow!

  15. Yeah, cauliflower. One of my all-time favorite vegetables. I especially love the new riced versions.

  16. How beautiful is nature. White, yellow, purple, orange… An the one that grows in triangular spirals. Just amazing.

  17. Fried cauliflower is my favorite vegetable. Since my husband hates it, I end up buying it from a local restaurant. I remember when my mother used to make it, it really smelled up the house.

  18. Not a fan of eating it and did not know it could be anything but white. Enjoyed the purple photo most.

    Tampa FL

  19. I never knew that cauliflower came in so many colors. I love the purple and the fractal ones. I have always loved to eat cauliflower, raw or cooked it doesn’t matter. It is really nice grilled with salt, pepper and lemon squeezed over it.

  20. Well, after seeing all of these delicious photos I pulled out some cauliflower for dinner tonight. Thanks for the ideas.

  21. I love cauliflower! There are a lot of uses for cauliflower but I haven’t tried very many of them. I have added it chopped small into pasta salad.

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