Farmers' Market Products
All of the fresh fruits and vegetables in our farmers' market are brought to you by the very farmers that planted, nurtured and harvested the crops. While the diversity of climate and growing areas in California allow for an incredible diversity of farm-fresh products to be available throughout the year, the fruits and vegetables the farmers harvest and that you will in the market changes with the seasons. Choose an item from the list at the left to learn more about some of the products in season now.
This week's featured product is Cauliflower.
The white head of cauliflower is actually a mass of unopened flower buds that, if left to mature, would bloom brilliant yellow flowers. When harvested young, the head is an edible and delicious treat available almost year-round in California, but at its' peak during winter months, when cold weather slows its' growth and allows more time for the Brassica oleracea to draw up a host of flavor-enhancing nutrients from the soil.
Caulifllower heads are white in color because the large green leaves cover the budding head, preventing photosynthesis from occurring and pigmentation from developing.
Raw or pickled cauliflower makes a great snack or crudite, and cauliflower cooks well into soups along with broccoli, carrots, potatoes, leafy greens, or onions and flavors like garlic, curry, dill, paprika, or parsley. Try steaming cauliflower, tossing it in lemon juice, olive oil, and a pinch of salt to enjoy as a side to any meal.
Click here to find producers growing cauliflower.
Click here to find recipes using cauliflower.
One serving of cauliflower is 1 floweret.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2009. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.ars.usda.gov/nutrientdata.