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Originally written by Kimberly Cripps , former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist, with contributions by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, and Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.

Pick it!

  • Cauliflower is a compact head of undeveloped white flower buds and is in the same family as broccoli and cabbage.
  • Look for creamy white color, solid, clean slightly bumpy surface.
  • Avoid wilted or discolored areas and speckled surfaces.
  • Store un-rinsed in a plastic bag in a vegetable crisper up to 7 days.

Try it!

  • Eat raw or cooked.
  • Do not rinse until ready to use.
  • Trim off outer leaves and cut the stem close to the head.
  • Steam stem-side down, in 2-inches boiling water with 2 Tbls of lemon juice or 1 tsp of vinegar to the water for 2-3 minutes. Remove cover for 15 seconds to allow odors to escape. Cook to tenderness.

Like it! Savory Cauliflower


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 Tbls vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbls dried parsley
  • 1.4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Chop the cauliflower into 2-inch pieces. Peel and chop the onion. Chop the tomatoes.
  2. Put the cauliflower in a pan. Add 1 inch of water.
  3. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Test the cauliflower for doneness. If tender, drain the cauliflower.
  4. Add garlic and cauliflower to the pan with the onion. Cook while stirring for 3 minutes, until lightly browned.
  5. Add the tomatoes and pepper. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  6. Serve with a sprinkle of parsley and cheese.

Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories 80; Fat 3.5g; Cholesterol 5mg; Sodium 85mg; Carbs 9g; Fiber 3g; Sugars 4g; Protein 4g

Source: University of Illinois Extension

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