Cauliflower – yeah that white flower

yellow cauliflower

Actually, it will often come up yellow, depending on the variety. But it is a good easy vegetable to grow and it’s good for your health. Lets find out why…

It has a good nutrient profile:

  • Antioxidants : especially glucosinolates, isothiocyanates, carotenoids and sulforaphane – good for inflammation, eyes, reduce high blood pressure and keep up the vascular integrity
  • Fiber – stool transit, sugar uptake, weight loss, food and transport for microbiota
  • Choline – cell membranes, DNA, metabolism, neurotransmitters
  • Magnesium – over 380 basic cellular functions require magnesium
  • Manganese – nerve and enzyme function; bone health; antioxidant (works with SOD); helps blood glucose regulation; is a vasodilator and a coenzyme
  • Phosphorus – involved in bones, teeth, cellular fluids ; required for nerve and brain cells, involved in metabolizing carbs, fats, and proteins
  • Potassium – regulates the body’s water and acid balance; important for nerve transmissions and muscle contractions; helps regulate blood pressure
  • Vitamin B5 – helps metabolize carbs, proteins and fats; helps produce energy; involved in acetylcholine; heathy hair, skin, eyes; and producing sex hormones in the adrenals
  • Vitamin B6 – involved in the parasympathetic nervous system – movement, memory; blood flow; production of red blood cells; helps reduce pain; boosts memory; create antibodies
  • Vitamin B9 – involved in a huge number of cellular functions like methylation cycles; DNA synthesis and repair
  • Vitamin C – cofactor in various enzymatic reactions; synthesizing and repairing collagen; growth and repair of bones and wounds; iron absorption; bronchitis; important for brain and immune functions
  • Vitamin K – important for regulating blood clotting; bone health and preventing heart disease

So, it’s good for the immune system, the brain, DNA, cellular function, adrenal function; collagen synthesis and repair, nerve and muscle function, and more…good reason to have it in your diet don’t you think?

Cauliflower is easy to grow.  Like with most vegetables, there are several types of cauliflower, and they come in different colors: white, green, purple, and Romanesco. Most cauliflower likes to be planted in the cooler weather of September. When grape, hyacinth, or narcissus bloom, the time is good to plant cauliflower.

It only requires shallow rooting – 12-18 inches. Plant garlic with your cauliflower to prevent root maggots and Mexican bean beetles.

The more you harvest, the more it will produce. So, harvest smaller cauliflowers and get more.

Dr Holly