(B. oleracea) Old World cabbage relatives that are grown for succulent flower heads or buds. All need rich soil, abundant moisture, and cool weather (but avoid prolonged exposure to temps below 50 degrees). Cauliflower is harvested when the heads reach full size, but before the tiny buds (called the curd) begin to develop and open. Cauliflower succeeds best where spring or autumn weather is uniformly cool. Some varieties are blanched (the large outer leaves drawn up and tied to shade the developing bud) to produce a milder flavored curd.
An old, white type; ivory heads, good size. The standard American favorite...
Beautiful, brilliant purple heads weigh 2-3 lbs and are of a fine, sweet...