Eight Surprising Facts About Cauliflower

Number 7 is Shocking

With so many people trying to cut carbohydrates from their diets, cauliflower has quickly risen in the ranks as a go-to vegetable for the side dish. Because of its uncanny, chameleon-like ability to imitate foods like rice or potatoes, it serves as the perfect alternative to these higher calorie dishes. Pizza, using a cauliflower crust, can be both delicious and guiltless! Even beyond its ability to mimic other textures, there are some other rather interesting facts and tidbits of information about this vegetable. No wonder Colchester Neighborhood Farm is busy keeping up with the demand of this cousin to the broccoli.

  1. Yes, it’s a flower—the white part of this vegetable, the florets or curds, are undeveloped flowers.
  2. The reason for cauliflower’s white color white is because its leaves shade the florets, which keep them hidden from the sun, preventing chlorophyll from forming and thus creating color.
  3. According to duplinschools.net Mark Twain is credited with the quote, “Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.”
  4. Cauliflower can emit a strong smell when it is boiled. To cut down on this odor, try adding celery seeds or celery leaves to the water.
  5. The best way to store cauliflower is in the refrigerator in a loosely sealed plastic bad with a paper towel to absorb any moisture. Do not wash cauliflower until you are ready to cook it. It is best when eaten within 5 days of purchase.
  6. Cauliflower is high in fiber and can help in the digestion process. It is also an anti-inflammatory and because it is a cruciferous vegetable, it can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancers.
  7. If its health benefits aren’t enough, consider that this versatile vegetable can help you keep your youthful appearance. According to beautyandtips.com, as a great source of antioxidants, eating cauliflower can help slow down the signs of aging, keeping you young and healthy looking longer.
  8. Though most people only eat the white florets of cauliflower, its stalk and leaves are edible. The best way to enjoy these parts of the vegetable is to use them in a soup stock.

This week, some of Colchester Neighborhood Farm‘s CSA customers will receive cauliflower in their shares. With so many recipes for using this vegetable, there’s bound to be some delicious and guilt-free meals served up.

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