Cauliflowers are usually white, the size of a small football and look like a bit of human brain. Super gardener Peter Glazebrook holds the record for the world’s largest ever cauliflower – it was six feet wide. He also holds the world records for beetroot, parsnip and onion.
Cauliflower is another member of the cruciferous vegetable family and contains nearly every vitamin and mineral. It is particularly high in vitamin C making it a great support to our immune system.
Look out cauliflower heads that are firm and tightly closed. White varieties should be very pale, try to avoid any heads that show signs of softness or brown spotting to maximise freshness at home.
To store it, keep it in a bag in the fridge for up to 4 days, just make sure there is a small opening in the bag to allow airflow, and storing it stem up will help keep the head from getting too wet. Only wash it just before using.
Cauliflower can be eaten raw, roasted, steamed, boiled or grilled. Cauliflower cheese is a classic for a reason. To prep the cauliflower, slice a head of cauliflower in half, then cut out the stem and pull apart the florets. Chop and roast the stem (along with any leaves), it’s a game changer! Or grate into soup or curry along with any other odds and ends of veg.
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Here are some of our favourite ways to engage kids with cauliflower:
Cauliflower has a flavour and texture that changes hugely depending on how it is prepped – meaning if crunchy strong-tasting raw or soft strong-smelling boiled is not for your child, they may still enjoy sweet and mild roasted cauliflower. Bring out their favourite flavours and textures with our simple sides and by adding cauliflower to some of your family favourite dishes…
If You Like Cauliflower…Try
Does your child enjoy cauliflower? That’s great! When cooked, cauliflower can be soft and a little bit bitter and savoury (or sweeter when roasted), so why not try a similar texture and/or taste…
The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it!
The first thing to do is remove the pressure. If the veg doesn’t get eaten, it’s not the end of the world. There will be other days, other dinners, other chances. Fun is key here – try not to worry about mess, perfect table manners, or playing with food. Instead, focus on making the process of getting the food to the plates, readying the table, and the actual eating relaxed.
Try making one of our simple cauli sides (like our easy roasted cauliflower) and ask your child to help with one small part of the recipe (like breaking the florets off with their hands, or tossing the cauli in oil and salt and laying out on a baking tray).
While the dinner you are serving it with is cooking, ask your child to design a beautiful menu for the table, with special emphasis on “their” cauli side they helped you make!
The Wonderful World of Veg
Check out our vegepedia. When to buy in-season. How to store them to keep for longer. How to engage children with each veg, and simple ideas of how to prepare and cook them for maximum taste and minimum waste. Select a veg…