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Purple cauliflower is fabulous.
So is green cauliflower and orange cauliflower.
No they aren’t fake, GMO or artificially dyed. Colorful cauliflower is natural and offers more nutrition than white cauliflower.
Cauliflower comes in many colors such as orange, green and purple cauliflower
I’ve grown both a hybrid purple cauliflower ‘Graffiti’ and an heirloom one ‘Purple of Sicily Cauliflower’.
Purple of Sicily
Green Cauliflower can sometimes be mistaken for Romanesco Broccoli
They are both in the same Brassica family, but they are different.
The Romanesco broccoli tends to curl and takes longer to grow. Green cauliflower looks rounded and exactly like white cauliflower, only it’s green! Verdi is a vibrant green choice from West Coast Seeds. If you’re looking for Romanesco Broccoli, you can buy them from Baker Creek Seeds.
One of the most common orange cauliflower varieties is called ‘Cheddar’. It doesn’t taste like the cheese, but it’s got that orange color.
Cheddar Orange Cauliflower from Johnny’s Seed
Perks of growing colorful cauliflowers in the home garden
One great thing about growing colorful cauliflower varieties is that they don’t need to be ‘blanched’. To become ‘white’ cauliflower heads need to be protected from the sunshine. The sunlight creates discoloration on a white cauliflower head making them creamy. Although there are some self-blanching cauliflower varieties (meaning the leaves will grow over the head), you often have to tie the leaves around your cauliflowers.
Because colorful cauliflowers don’t have to be perfectly white and out of sunlight, you don’t have to worry about them!
Have you grown purple, orange or green cauliflower before?
This summer I’m looking forward to growing more purple cauliflower, but also adding the cheddar this season.
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.