I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Monday, November 8, 2010

What is this Stuff? Purple and Yellow Cauliflower

The other day while strolling the French Market, this fetching purple cauliflower stopped me dead in my tracks. At first glance I thought it must be genetically modified to produce such a vibrant color. After researching the subject, I found out the purple color is caused by the presence an  antioxidant group which can also be found in red cabbage and red wine.  Na'hice! 

Now here's where it gets interesting. Next to the purple bunch, I found the yellowish orange variety and listen to this. Per Wiki, "Orange cauliflower (B. oleracea L. var. botrytis) contains 25 times the level of Vitamin A of white varieties. This trait came from a natural mutant found in a cauliflower field in Canada. Cultivars include 'Cheddar' and 'Orange Bouquet'".

Today I made a promise to myself, I will no longer shun funny colored produce prior to researching the means of its cultivation. Hooray for variety!


  1. hi Tyler, Jane here from the market
    Lidia from PBS (the Italian cooking lady) just did a small segment on purple cauliflower and had some recipes
    Jane, the cider girl and peach vendor

  2. Nice! Thanks Jane. I'll try to find the link and post it. How has the market been? I've been immersed in school lately and have been relying on my produce share subscription from the Green Grocer.