Cauliflower, Vegetable Blossom protected by Dark Green Leaves, Antioxidant Rich

A Cauliflower nestled in protective covers

Cauliflower is from the Cabbage Family.

It comes in different colors:

  • White (with a yellow tinge)
  • Orange
  • Green
  • Purple - contains anthocyanins antioxidant
  • Yellow
  • Brown

Brilliant Colours of Cauli

Cauliflower's Main Nutrients

  • Antioxidant:    Vitamin C, Carotenoids, Quercetin
  • Other:               Vitamin C, Glucosinolate, Folate, Curcumin, Fiber, Water

Interesting stuff on Cauliflower

Native of:

  • Mediterranean and Asia Minor

Now Found\Grown in:

  • Worldwide

There are four main varietal groupings:

  • Italian

                > biennial and annual

                > "ancestral form" from which the other varieties are derived from

  • Northern European

                > biennial

                > developed in Germany, in the 18th Century

  • Northwest European

               > annual

               > developed in France, in the 19th Century

  • Asian

               > developed in India, in the 19th Century

Boiling cauliflower reduces the antioxidant contents.

Examples of Health Benefits of Cauliflower

  • for cancer prevention - from its sulforaphane and curcumin compounds
  • improve blood pressure
  • anti-inflammatory
  • for brain protection and brain health

Some precautions

  • contains goitrogens, a naturally occurring substance that can interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland. Cooking the cauliflower disable this compound. Hence, individuals with thyroid problems should not consume cauliflower in its raw state.

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