Cauliflower is a vegetable that grows as clusters of flower buds, called florets, on a stem. The heads of cauliflower should be harvested before the flowers open. Cauliflower is a member of the cabbage family and a close relative of broccoli. Most cauliflower is white, but there are variations that are purple or orange.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Cauliflower
Cauliflower has vitamin C, which helps heal cuts and wounds. It also has folate, which is important for women who are pregnant, as it plays an important role in preventing birth defects.
How to Select Cauliflower
Select cauliflower that has a bright color without brown spots or any other discoloration.
How to Store Cauliflower
Store unwashed cauliflower in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
How to Prepare Cauliflower
- Add raw or cooked cauliflower to a salad
- Eat raw cauliflower with dip
- Rice cauliflower with a food processor, steam and serve as a side dish
- Add cauliflower to soup or stew
- Add to an omelet
- Boil, steam, roast, or microwave cauliflower for a side dish
- Add to a pasta dish or pasta salad
- Add cauliflower to a stir-fry
- Add to a casserole
- Purée cooked cauliflower and serve as a side
Seasonal Availability of Cauliflower in Nebraska
Materials to Print
The Seasonal Produce Handouts page includes a variety of handouts, recipes, and recipe cards that are available as downloadable PDFs. You can use these resources in your educational programs.