So your snow white cauliflower is blushing pink? Wondering how it will look and taste after cooking? Should you serve this to your family? Let NaturePinks get you some answers on pink cauliflowers.
Why do cauliflowers turn pink?
As much as they looked painted or dyed, they are not. Purple cauliflower gets its beautiful hue, which can vary from pale to dark, from the presence of anthocyanin, which is a harmless, water-soluble pigment in the curd. Exposure to sunlight exaggerates its effect on the developing cauliflower head. In fact, cauliflower varieties are classified as blanching, semi-blanching and non-blanching, based on the variety’s ability to cover the growing curd with leaves.
Are they good to eat?
Pink and purple cauliflowers are perfectly safe to eat, can be cooked exactly the way you cook your regular ones. When you cook these cauliflowers, the purple tinge turns gray, particularly when the cooking water is hard, and that is just cosmetic.
Do they taste any different?
Colored cauliflower has the same firmness, crumbly florets, and texture as that of a regular cauliflower, with hardly any difference in the taste.
Are they nutritious?
Cauliflower is a rich source of vitamins C, E, K and B Complex. It provides vital minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Zinc and Iron without adding any harmful cholesterol. It also provides dietary fiber. Purple cauliflower is similar to white cauliflower in terms of nutritional attributes. Additionally, research suggests the anthocyanins provide health benefits – being antidiabetic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-obesity – as well as prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Organic cauliflower offers these benefits and is also free of chemical residues.
So, should you care about a blush?
Roast it, steam it, mash it, rice it or make it into a soup – pink or white doesn’t matter. Did we tell you there are true purple varieties developed by various plant breeding methods that are sought after in some parts of the world as part of the monochromatic food trend.
If you are looking for some organic cauliflower from our farms that we stock at each harvest, do head out to the organic vegetables section of the site to find out current availability.