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Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 5:30 am

• Cauliflower is a vegetable that consists of undeveloped white florets attached to a single stem that form a compact, cabbage-like head, called a curd. Cauliflower is closely related to broccoli but has a denser, more compact head, and it is most often white. It has a creamy, sweet, slightly nutty flavor and even though the florets are the most common part of the cauliflower that is eaten, the stem and leaves are also edible.

• Scientists have developed amazing variants of cauliflower where the traditional white florets have been changed to garish orange, purple and green. They are not genetically engineered but rather a mixture of heirloom varieties, naturally occurring accidents and the hybrids created from them by traditional selective plant breeding. The “rainbow cauliflowers” add a splash of color to the dinner table. Some scientists have even claimed that they are healthier for you.

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