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Cauliflower


Cauliflower

Hindi Name: Phool Gobi

A flowery shaped vegetable, white in color with green leaves. The entire florets are edible. The green leaves at the base are also edible and have a stronger flavor. Cauliflowers are available all year round.

Types
They are of various types mostly different from each other based on color.White is the most common cauliflower, orange variety is only found in a particular field in Canada and it contains more Vitamin A than the white one.It is slightly sweet and rich in beta carotene.Green cauliflower is available in Europe and US.There is also purple cauliflower that gets its color from the presence of anthocyanin. It is rich in tannins and preferred to be eaten raw.

Usage
It is a very common vegetable used in Indian cuisine. It was introduced in France in the 16th century. It can be roasted, fried, steamed or can be eaten raw. Before cooking the outer leaves are removed. The leaves and stems of cauliflower are also edible but it is often removed before consumption.

Nutritional Value
1. Cauliflowers are very rich in dietary fiber that help maintain a healthy digestive system.
2. Presence of glucoraphin in cauliflower helps prevent stomach cancer and ulcer.
3. It contains a high amount of antioxidants and therefore helps against cardiovascular diseases.
4. Researchers have found that cauliflowers have the ability to eliminate cancer enzymes.
5. Cauliflower is anti inflammatory and helps prevent arthritis, obesity and other inflammation mediated diseases.

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