Cauliflower: Candid Charm
(Brassica oleracea var. botrytis)
Cauliflower is a cruciferous crop (cabbage family) grown for its compact white immature flower head. Cauliflower is generally suited to temperate climates or higher altitudes in the tropics, preferring cool, moist soil and air. The heads are cut and eaten while the buds are still closed. In order to whiten the head of cauliflower, the large leaves are pulled over the “curd” to provide shade until harvest.