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A cruciferous vegetable, in the same plant family as broccoli, kale, cabbage, and collards.  It has a compact head, called a curd, composed of undeveloped flower buds.  The flowers are attached to a central stalk.  When broken apart into separate buds, the cauliflower looks like a little tree.

 
Growing Area 
California
 
Handling and Storage  
Look for a clean, creamy white, compact curd in which the bud clusters are not separated.  Avoid spotted or dull-colored Cauliflower.  Heads that are surrounded by many thick leaves are better protected and will be fresher.  Store uncooked cauliflower in a paper or plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to one week.  To prevent moisture from developing in the floret clusters, store it with the stem side down.
 
Availability 
Year round (peak: December – March)

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