Cauliflower is kind of a weird vegetable. Don’t get me wrong, I love cauliflower, but it’s kind of weird.
It looks like brains. And brains are cool. Perhaps not as a vegetable.
Cauliflower was born in Asia Minor and then migrated to America by way of Europe.
It’s not easy to grow cauliflower, because it is very picky about soil and temperature (which means I will not be suggesting that Dad plant cauliflower seeds).
As you (certainly) know, cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable. I never knew where the “cruciferous” part came from. Fortunately, My Friend the Internet fixed that. Cruciferous veggies are so named because they have flowers that consist of 4 petals which grow in the shape of a Greek cross. Now you know.
- It tastes good.
- It’s a great source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and a bunch of B vitamins.
- It’s also a marvelous way to get minerals like manganese, potassium, and magnesium.
- Cauliflower is a good source of sulforaphane (which has been shown to attack cancer cells and slow the growth of tumors).
- And cauliflower packs all that goodness without bother to bring along high calories.
(Yep, there’s a “however”.)
Prolonged cooking destroys most of the vitamins in cauliflower (even though it makes it taste great). So be sure to eat raw cauliflower. At least sometimes.