A cruciferous relative of broccoli and cabbage, cauliflower abounds in cancer-fighting glucosinolates, which the body converts into compounds (including isothiocyanates) that increase the liver’s ability to neutralize toxic substances. With only 25 calories per cup, cauliflower supplies a nice dose of folate, fiber, and vitamins B6, C, and K. Vitamin C provides many benefits, including protection against diabetes, asthma, and stroke. Orange cauliflower, a sweeter hybrid, has about 25 times more beta-carotene, which may help disarm free radicals, than its white counterpart. You may also come across purple and light green varieties.
Choose It & Use It
Seek out cauliflower with thick, compact heads and uniformly colored florets. It will stay fresh longer if tightly wrapped and refrigerated; precut cauliflower loses its freshness faster. Enjoy raw in salads, roasted in the oven (try it with a sprinkle of nutmeg), simmered in soups and curries, or steamed and mashed with olive oil for a low-starch variation on mashed potatoes.
get the recipes
Roasted Cauliflower in Lemon-Tahini Sauce
An avid cook and enthusiastic eater, Tim Miano says his experiments in the kitchen arent always successful. But he hit the mark with this delicious side dish that is deceptively simpleour judges were wowed by its speed, ease and incredible flavor. The sauce uses tahini, a Mediterranean paste of groundmore
Potato and Cauliflower Burritos
Flavorful potatoes and cauliflower keep calories down but satisfaction levels high.more
Oven-Roasted Cauliflower with Raisin Vinaigrette
A slightly chunky raisin sauce dresses up roasted cauliflower florets to make this simple side dish special enough for a dinner party.more
Rather than frying this cauliflower dish, Madhu Gadia, author of The Indian Vegan Kitchen, steams and bakes it for a party entrée that’s elegant and healthful.more
Curried Cauliflower Soup
This soup’s secret ingredient—an apple—lends a touch of tangy sweetness that complements the curry’s spice. Letting the soup cool 20 minutes before blending helps deepen the flavors.more