Our cauliflower nutrition page offers a more detailed look at the nutritional value and corresponding health benefits of eating cauliflower, along with top tips, interesting snippets and our favourite recipes that feature cauliflower.
Our printable cauliflower nutrition vegetable chart makes a great at a glance guide, stick it in a notebook, or to the front of your fridge - it might inspire you when you look inside and don't know what to do with what's lurking in your vegetable drawer!
There are several varieties of cauliflower including orange, purple, green and white. The white variety is the most common, whilst the green, romanesco variety, is considered to be broccoli by some.
Cauliflower is a good source of protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus.
It is a very good source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese.
It also provides omega 3 fats, biotin and choline.
People with a history of kidney problems or gout might want to consider limiting their intake of cauliflower as it contains purines which, when consumed in excessive amounts, can cause an increase in uric acid.
Cruciferous vegetables are generally best eaten cooked as the cooking process breaks down the compounds which can adversely affect thyroid health in susceptible people.
Cauliflower is a cool season crop, which means that the night time temperatures stay above -4C and below 16C. Here in the UK it is in season pretty much all year round as different varieties can be planted in succession to ensure a steady supply throughout the year. Obviously in hotter climates cauliflower will be much more of a seasonal crop.
If you buy fresh cauliflower, it should keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. If you break it into florets and store it in a container in the fridge it will keep for a week, which makes cauliflower a great veg to include in your meal planning if you prep a lot of your ingredients ahead of time.
Freezing cauliflower is ever so easy:
If you have a small garden or a garden that is difficult to cultivate, it might be worthwhile growing some cauliflowers in a pot. You won't get a large crop (unless you have space for lots of large pots) but there is little more satisfying than picking and eating your own, home grown vegetables, and a lack of space doesn't necessarily have to mean that you can't enjoy that pleasure. As with all vegetables, cauliflower nutrition is at its highest when freshly picked, garden to plate is as fresh as they come!
Cauliflower can be grown from seed, and there are a nice selection of varieties available to try. Do buy organic, and where possible heirloom seeds, which are non GMO and you will in turn then be able to harvest and save your own seeds.
We love cauliflower so much that we have an entire page dedicated to cauliflower recipes with everything from cauliflower rice to the British classic kedgeree. Find them all here.