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CAULIFLOWER

Cauliflower has a rather distinct nuttiness, in taste, similar to broccoli. The flower bud is the primary edible component of both cauliflower and broccoli, rendering them both edible flowers.

How To Grow Cauliflower Overview

The name of this crop derives from the Latin words “caulis,” for cabbage, and for Floris, for fruit. It’s a Wild Cabbage descendent! Cauliflower appears in many colors, including purple, yellow, and orange, while typically white.

Cauliflower may be a struggle for the inexperienced gardeners because it demands regular cold temperatures at 60 ° Fs.   Otherwise, rather than creating a single, full head, it can prematurely shape “buttons ” a small, button-sized head.

  • The soil requires to be very high in organic matter; blend in bed rotting manure and/or compost.
  • Cauliflower requires extra nutrients too. Apply Fertilizer 5-10-10. Fertile soil retains moisture to avoid “buttoning” of the heads.
  • It is better to start cauliflower from small plants in the nursery, overseed sowing.
  • Start 4 to 5 weeks before the last date of spring freeze, if you sow. Sow 3 to 6 inches apart in bands, and 1⁄2 inch wide. Water during germination and growth consistently.
  • Transplant seedlings (or small nursery seeding) 2 to 4 weeks before the last frost date of the season, no earlier and not much longer than this.
  • Position in rows of seedlings 18 to 24 inches apart, 30 inches apart.
  • Be ready to cover plants from frost in early spring by covering them with old milk cartons, if possible. The significant cold will stop the growth and/or buttons could form.
  • Plant a fall crop 6 to 8 weeks before the date of the first fall frost but usually below 75 ° F after the daytime temperatures. If required, shade the cauliflower plants from sunlight..
  • Apply mulch to maintain moisture.

Cauliflower Nutrition Information

Raw Cauliflower, 1 cup (107 grams)

NameAmountUnit
Water98.5g
Protein2.05

g

Total lipid (fat)0.3

g

Carbohydrate5.32g
Fiber, total dietary2.14g
Sugars2.04g
Vitamin C51.6mg
Choline47.4mg
NameAmountUnit
Calcium, Ca23.5mg
Magnesium, Mg16mg
Phosphorus, P47.1mg
Potassium, K320mg
Sodium, Na32.1mg
Energy26.8kcal
Vitamin K 16.6µg
Zinc, Zn0.289mg
Iron, Fe0.449mg

Garden Vegetables & Fruits Plant Preferences Profile

Specific Plant Growing Requirements and Information

Cauliflower

Annual

Full Sun – Light shade

Ready for harvest 60 to 90 days after planting

Cauliflower is mature when heads appear as clear white, compact, and 6–8 in (15–20 cm) in diameter

Loose, well-drained and very fertile

Does Not Apply To Annuals

Cauliflower Detailed Information

Cauliflower Seeds

The success of the cauliflower plant reaches no more critical aspect than the consistency of the seed, and sometimes the distinction between victory and defeat, benefit, and loss is attributed to the seed alone. The best seed that can be purchased is the cheapest at any fair price, and should always be acquired from a well-known and valued seedsman.

Ideal Soil for Cauliflower

Development on the ground can begin at least one month before the plants are laid out. The cauliflower is a firmly rooted plant, and so the soil should be deeply prepared. It is not advised to turn under the healthy surface soil, and to prevent this soil may be plowed shallow and then disturbed and opened to a depth of seven to eight inches with a bull-tongue. After this, the soil will be expanded to a depth of two to three inches. Give detailed planning until the fertilizer is added, through regular planting, ready to position the plants.

How to Water Cauliflower

Water daily with 2 inches of water each week; this normally requires additional watering, even with average rainfall.

How to Feed Cauliflower

Since cauliflower takes too long to mature, it may need some supplementary feeding. Fed organic fertilizer such as kelp and fish emulsion every 2 to 4 weeks.

White cauliflower needs blanching if you want it to remain white. If you cause it to transform its normal yellowish-brown, the taste is not considerably changed. Still, if blanched, it appears to stay a little sweeter and even more appealing. Start blanching the heads when the size of a big egg is on. Start the cycle when the plants are fully dry, so as not to rot. The usual way to blanch is by folding some of the bigger leaves over the head and tucking them on the other side or sealing them. With a block, you can pin them down, or lock them in place. Don’t blend too carefully with the leaves; you want to cover the sun but leave space for growing the head.

Pests and Diseases of Cauliflower

Cauliflower is, sadly, vulnerable to all the common cole crop pests, and there are others such as cabbage maggots, cabbage loopers, and cabbage worms. Young transplants, mainly if grown in the spring, are also attractive for aphids and flea beetles.

Groundhogs are very fond of cole crops. The most significant deterrent is through fencing or caging.

The cole crops, here again, are vulnerable to problems, with blackleg, black rot, and clubroot topping the list. It is essential not to plant cole crops at the same location, year after year, and to clean up all waste at the end of the season to avoid overwintering diseases in the soil.

How to Harvest Cauliflower

Before it is ripe, cauliflower may be harvested, but the taste is not as well formed as it is when the heads are fully grown.   Throughout the season, the crop  can be picked over at least every two to three days, but if the weather is cool, the heads will stay in good shape for about a week. Examine the head with the leaves divided on the side. This can be considered to be fully mature as long as the head is well rounded in the middle and formed to push the leaves outward, and assumes a grained appearance.

Cauliflower Au Gratin

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: CAULIFLOWER, CAULIFLOWER AU GRATIN
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 1/4 c. butter or margarine
  • 1/2 c. diced onion
  • 1 1/2 c. 6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. 8 oz. sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. dried breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Break the cauliflower into sections.
  • Cook for 10 minutes in salted water.
  • Drain well.
  • Combine cauliflower with 2 tbsp., butter, onion, cheese, sour cream, and salt.
  • Spoon into 1 1/2 qt casserole.
  • Melt remaining butter and toss with breadcrumbs.
  • Sprinkle over cauliflower mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

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