All boxes this week contained cauliflower, the versatile veggie sneaking its way into all sorts of dishes. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family which includes cabbage, kale and Brussel sprouts. The name "cauliflower" literally means cabbage flower. If the veggie is not harvested, it will keep growing and turn into edible yellow flowers
This week's cauliflower is from Fenton's Farm in Batavia, NY, about a 45-minute drive outside of the city of Buffalo, NY. They sell their fruit and vegetables through their Farm Store, their CSA, and at farmer's markets, They also offer U-Pick fruits and veggies and have blueberries in season soon! To learn more, visit their Facebook.
Cauliflower doesn't last for very long in the fridge; whether raw or cooked it can quickly start to get stinky. We recommend storing it for 2-4 days in a perforated plastic bag. Don’t store it in a sealed container - it needs to breathe! We do not recommend freezing it as the texture becomes rather watery. No bueno.
Cutting a cauliflower into florets can seem like a daunting task. But, have no fear! It is really quite easy. Don't worry about washing first, it's much easier if you wash the florets when they are smaller to get in all the nooks and crannies. First, remove any leaves from the head. Cut the head in half, and then into quarters. Once in quarters, identify the stem and simply cut the florets from the dense stem. The florets will naturally break apart and you can cut them smaller if preferred. If you prefer to watch a video, click here.
Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family which run the world, nutritionally. You will be hard pressed to find another group of veggies with as much vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber as these guys. For good health, it is recommended to eat cruciferous vegetables 2-3 times per week. Want to live forever*? Eat cruciferous vegetables everyday!
*results may vary
Herb-Crusted Cauliflower Steaks with Beans and Tomatoes - Epicurious
5-Ingredient Cauliflower Crust Pizza - Chocolate Covered Katie
Buffalo Cauliflower - Tasty
Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup - Cookie and Kate
Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese - Food Network
One-Pot Curried Cauliflower with Couscous and Chickpeas - Epicurious
Grilled Cauliflower Steak - Gimme Some Grilling
Do you have a favorite way to prepare cauliflower? Leave us a comment below to share with others! More cauliPOWER to you.