(Brassica oleracea botrytis ‘Cheddar’)
An attractive orange form of this popular and healthy vegetable.
Like all cauliflowers the orange form is a great eating vegetable with both leaves and the ‘head’ being edible. They are great baked, steamed, fried or even raw. Baked they partner well with basil and garlic. Steamed or raw they taste great with caraway and cumin seeds. Puree with a bit of ginger or fresh chives.
Cauliflower Çheddar has more Vitamin A than the white otherwise they have the same high level of nutrition and relatively low calories. Do not overcook or boil as they will lose their delightful flavour and all the good nutrition. Cauliflower is a great aid in liver regeneration and overall good health. For a tasty and healthy winter dish make a traditional white sauce with some mustard powder and grated parmesan cheese. Cut cauliflower head into small florets, place in an oven proof dish, poor over white sauce and bake for about 25 minutes or until florets are tender.
Plant in sunny position in well drained but moist soil. Also suited to large pots.
Harvest when heads are 10 to 12cm across. Keep reasonably moist and fertilise with Seasol and Powerfeed regularly.
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