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August 3, 2010

Poor Cauliflower Season

Filed under: brassicas — Tags: — TopVeg @ 8:37 am

2010 has been a poor cauliflower season.  The cauliflowers have not grown well and the one in the photo below is only half the size it should be.

poor-cauliflower

poor-cauliflower

The cauliflower is past its best, but one always hopes they will get a bit bigger!  The curd is a poor colour and the insects have had their fair share.  Perhaps the cauliflower season has not been too bad for them!

May 18, 2010

Cauliflower consumption drops

Filed under: brassicas — Tags: — TopVeg @ 8:43 am

Cauliflower consumption has dropped by 50% according to a report on  BBC radio.

Rachel Green says that cauliflower can be used in many ways:

  • raw in salads
  • cooked in curries
  • cauliflower cheese
  • deep fried
cauliflower-curd

cauliflower-curd

The nutty flavoured white curd of cauliflower makes it an attractive addition to a plate, contrasting with  the green leaves, which are full of vitamins and minerals.

Cauliflower is a useful vegetable and it is interesting to hear that consumption has dropped.

July 25, 2009

Harvesting Cauliflowers

Filed under: brassicas — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 6:33 am

Start harvesting cauliflowers (Latin Name – Brassica Oleracea Botrytis) when the heads (the white curd) are firm.

cauliflower

cauliflower

If the individual florets making up the head are separating it is too late.

florets-separating

florets-separating

It is best to begin cutting the first cauliflowers when the heads are still fairly small. This spreads the harvest out & prevents a glut of cauliflower.

February 16, 2009

Grow organic brassicas

Filed under: brassicas — Tags: , , , , , — TopVeg @ 11:48 am

It is possible to grow brassicas (cabbage family) in the garden without
using sprays or other chemicals.

Sprouts, cabbage, broccoli and cauliflowers are damaged by:

    * aphids
    * white fly
    * cabbage
    * white caterpillars
    * and other insects.

There is a net, specially designed to keep insects out.  If this is
spread over the plants it has a dramatic effect.

net

net

 

Clean, chemical free, (& bug-free) veg can be proudly presented to the
kitchen, when you know how to grow organic brassicas!

July 20, 2008

Harvesting Cauliflowers

Filed under: brassicas — Tags: — TopVeg @ 2:52 pm

Start harvesting cauliflowers (Latin Name – Brassica Oleracea Botrytis)
when the heads (the white curd) are firm.

cauliflower

cauliflower

If the individual florets making up the head are separating it is too late.

florets-separating

florets-separating

It is best to begin cutting the first cauliflowers when the heads are
still fairly small. This spreads the harvest out & prevents a glut of
cauliflower.

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