Paddock to Plate

Cauliflower

Roasted, baked or steamed. Cauliflower is a diverse superfood that is both delicious and healthy for you!

Paddock to Plate

Cauliflower

Roasted, baked or steamed. Cauliflower is a diverse superfood that is both delicious and healthy for you!

Why did the cheetah lose a running race to a cauliflower?

Because the Cauliflower was a head!

Why did the cheetah lose a running race to a cauliflower?

Because the Cauliflower was a head!

Flowers of cheese

Why does cauliflower love cheese so much?
Maybe it’s because they share a name. The florets of cauliflower are called curds – same as the curds that make beautiful cheese. It’s a match made in heaven.

Did you know?

Cauliflowers are a kind of flowering cabbage.
They were popular in 16th century Britain, so they were early arrivals to Australia.

But unlike their cousins broccoli and brussels sprouts, the flowers on a cauliflower head are sterile. This means they never shoot. They stay tightly wadded and firm.

Cauliflower is good for your whole body, including strong bones, clear skin, healthy heart, and brain. It can be eaten raw or cooked. If you’re lucky, you can buy orange and purple cauliflowers as well as the usual white ones.

In all parts of Australia, people plant ‘caulis’ in the cooler months because a long stretch of cool weather helps form tight, round heads.

Flowers of cheese

Why does cauliflower love cheese so much?
Maybe it’s because they share a name. The florets of cauliflower are called curds – same as the curds that make beautiful cheese. It’s a match made in heaven.

Cauliflower is good for your whole body, including strong bones, clear skin, healthy heart, and brain. It can be eaten raw or cooked. If you’re lucky, you can buy orange and purple cauliflowers as well as the usual white ones.

Did you know?

Cauliflowers are a kind of flowering cabbage.
They were popular in 16th century Britain, so they were early arrivals to Australia.

But unlike their cousins broccoli and brussels sprouts, the flowers on a cauliflower head are sterile. This means they never shoot. They stay tightly wadded and firm.

In all parts of Australia, people plant ‘caulis’ in the cooler months because a long stretch of cool weather helps form tight, round heads.

Don’t you dare!

Overcook cauliflower. That’s how a decent veg gets a bad rep, you know.

Cauliflower has a tiny bit of natural sulphur in it. When it’s overcooked, whew – you get that soggy socks smell!

Avoid it easily

Chop-chop and fry the cauliflower pieces in a bit of olive oil that you’ve flavoured by frying onion or garlic and the spices of your choice. Perfection.

Try this!

Place two cups side by side and touching.
(It might be wise to put them both on a plastic tray in case you spill any liquid.)

Fill the cups with water and two different food colours. Fill them right to the top.

With an adults help, cut a groove in the middle of the cauliflower stem so that the cauliflower will balance safely on the lips of the cups. The stem should touch the coloured water on both sides. What do you think will happen? Leave the set up overnight and have a look in the morning.

Science

Every plant needs water, and it pulls water from the ground to the leaves through a process called the capillary action. Because it is white we can see the food colour that has been carried with the water.

Avoid it easily

Chop-chop and fry the cauliflower pieces in a bit of olive oil that you’ve flavoured by frying onion or garlic and the spices of your choice. Perfection.

Science

Every plant needs water, and it pulls water from the ground to the leaves through a process called the capillary action. Because it is white we can see the food colour that has been carried with the water.

Don’t you dare!

Overcook cauliflower. That’s how a decent veg gets a bad rep, you know.

Cauliflower has a tiny bit of natural sulphur in it. When it’s overcooked, whew – you get that soggy socks smell!

Try this!

Place two cups side by side and touching.
(It might be wise to put them both on a plastic tray in case you spill any liquid.)

Fill the cups with water and two different food colours. Fill them right to the top.

With an adults help, cut a groove in the middle of the cauliflower stem so that the cauliflower will balance safely on the lips of the cups. The stem should touch the coloured water on both sides. What do you think will happen? Leave the set up overnight and have a look in the morning.

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