By popular request we have put together a page on Pictures of Cauliflower. Most of them were taken by me, straight out of my backyard garden, but a few are from the gardens of some acquaintances.
Cauliflower is a vegetable that will go with almost any menu. It has a very mild taste so you can enjoy it plain, with butter, cheese, flavored sauces and it goes well with pork, chicken, and beef. The trick to good cauliflower is to undercook, not overboil it. Better yet, steam it if you have a vegetable steamer. You want it to be tender, yet firm, not mushy. Unless you are making a puree.
In the photo below, you can see some cauliflower plants growing in one of my raised vegetable gardens. I learned that as they grew, that I had planted them too close together. The plants can get as large as 18 to 24 inches in diameter. Make sure you leave plenty of space between your plants.
In the picture below are some heads of broccoli and cauliflower that I grew and harvested myself. They were steamed and enjoyed by my family for dinner that night. They are not as big as they could have been. I did not leave enough space between the plants for growing. These heads could have gotten up to 2 to 3 pounds each.
In the photo below is the Fremont Cauliflower I grew for the fall 2010 season. They weighed about two pounds each.
In the picture below is a cauliflower seedling. It is about one week old in my garden.
In the picture below a cauliflower head is forming in the middle of all of those large leaves. The head starts and the leaves then wrap around the head, protecting it until it gets bigger.
Here is a head already cleaned with all of the leaves taken off. It is ready to cook and then be covered with butter or cheese! Yum!
If you do not want to cook your head of cauliflower right away, it will stay good in the refrigerator for a week or two. If you want to use it later, blanch it and then freeze it and it will be good for up to six months in the deep freeze! That is what we do when we harvest more than a few at a time.
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