Friday’s food: Cauliflower

Head of white cauliflowerIn French, it is called choux fleur – flower cabbage, and cauliflower does kind of resemble a cabbage filled with zillions of tiny flowers.  Believed to have originated in Asia, it became popular in Europe during the Renaissance and it soon made its way to the New World via British collonists.  You’ll usually find the white variety, but some yellow, purple and green varieties are now gaining popularity.

Available year-round in just about any grocery store, it is often passed over for the better known produce like carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and lettuce.  That’s a shame though, because this veggie, with its buttery texture and mild flavor is the perfect base for lots of flavorsome dishes.

If you’re looking for a food that fills you up without loading you down, cauliflower is just the ticket (very low in calories).  In addition, it is high in Vitamin C and potassium.

You’ll want to include cauliflower as one of the cruciferous vegetables you eat on a regular basis if you want to receive the fantastic health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. At a minimum, include cruciferous vegetables as part of your diet 2-3 times per week, and make the serving size at least 1-1/2 cups. Even better from a health standpoint, enjoy cauliflower and other vegetables from the cruciferous vegetable group 4-5 times per week, and increase your serving size to 2 cups.

As with all vegetables be sure not to overcook cauliflower. We suggest Healthy Sautéeing cauliflower rather than the more traditional methods of boiling or steaming, which makes them waterlogged, mushy and lose much of its flavor. Cut cauliflower florets into quarters and let sit for 5 minutes before cooking. For great tasting cauliflower add 1 tsp of turmeric when adding the cauliflower to the skillet.
World’s Healthiest Foods

A food with this type of nutritional profile usually provides lots of health benefits, and this cruciferous vegetable does not disappoint.  It helps your body detoxify, provides antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, supports cardiovascular health, and helps with digestion.

Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and fiber. It is a very good source of vitamin B5, vitamin B6, omega-3 fatty acids, and manganese. Additionally, it is a good source of potassium, protein, phosphorus, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, and magnesium (World’s Healthiest Foods).

Click here for a quick video showing you how to roast cauliflower.  Try it this way just once, and it may ruin you for any other.

Cauliflower Recipes from Mariquita Farm.

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