Did you know that cauliflower dates back to the sixth century B.C.? I sure didn’t… Here are ten more interesting tidbits about cauliflower you may not have known before
1. There are four major groups of cauliflower…
a. Italian- this group comes in white, romanesco, brown, green, yellow and purple. This form is where the other forms are derived.
b. Northern European annuals- this group was developed in Germany in the 18th century and includes the cultivars Efurt and Snowball.
c. Northwest European biennial- this group was developed in France in the 19th century and includes the cultivars Angers and Roscoff.
d. Asian- this group is a tropical cauliflower used in China and India, it was developed in India in the 19th century from the now abandoned Cornish type, this includes old varieties such as Early Benaras and Early Patna.
2. Varieties, there’s hundreds… historic and commercial worldwide.
3. There are four major colors…
a. White- this is the most common color
b. Orange- this color contains 25% more Vitamin A than the white ones.
c. Green- this is sometimes called broccoflower.
d. Purple- this color is caused by an antioxidant known as anthocyanins, which is also found in red cabbage and red wine.
4. Cauliflower is low in fat and carbohydrates.
5. It is also high in dietary fiber, folate, water, and Vitamin C.
6. You can roast it
7. You can mash it
8. You can make pizza with it
9. You can eat it raw and feel fancy… can you say “Crudités”
10. The name comes from Latin caulis (cabbage) and flower.