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Cauliflower:



“A cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain– Mark Twain

Study:

Cauliflower

Analysis:  

Brassica Oleracea in the family Brassicaceae, also known as the cruciferous family.

Back in the Day:

Cauliflower, which means “cabbage flower,” is a descendant of the wild cabbage.

The earliest mention of cauliflower is the Latin encyclopedia Natural History by Pliny the Elder in the 1st century A.D. Pliny names cauliflower the most pleasant tasting variety of cabbage, which American’s wouldn’t be able to enjoy until the 1920s!  Such a long wait!

Geographical Roots:

Originally grown in Western Asia near the Mediterranean but made popular in England in the time of Louis XIV. This winter favorite grows fantastically in the Southern California climate.

Why It’s a Gem:

Cauliflower is low in calories, but one cup of cauliflower contains almost as much potassium as a banana and almost as much vitamin C as a medium orange!

Farmer Laura’s Cauliflower Chronicles:

“Growing up I was a part of a broccoli family. Broccoli was a regular part of our diet and our family’s favorite veggie! BUT my cousins were part of a cauliflower family and refused to even touch broccoli! Every family gathering, we would have to make both types of veggies in order to make everyone happy, all the while touting how superior our’s was over the other’s.

This went on for years, and it wasn’t until I studied brassicas in school that I realized they were in the same family! While we still have our leanings, we now all accept the amazing versatility and flavor of the brassica family.”

Here are some of our favorite recipes:

Farmer Mat:  Cauliflower Tortillas via Joshua Weissmann’s Slim Palate

Farmer Jazz:  Maqluba (Upside-Down Chicken and Rice) via New York Times Cooking

Farmer Annika:  Roasted Beer & Lime Cauliflower Tacos with Cilantro Coleslaw via Thug Kitchen Blog*

*The above link contains a slightly-NSFW recipe from the brilliant minds behind the popular cooking blog Thug Kitchen.