Are you here today because you’re like me and have been wondering if cauliflower is really just white broccoli?
If so you’re in the right place!
Cauliflower and broccoli are very similar vegetables, but they do have their differences. So it’s understandable why people often mistake cauliflower for white broccoli.
But, the idea of white broccoli isn’t exactly wrong either. There is a vegetable called the white sprouting broccoli that looks nothing like either broccoli or cauliflower. In fact it looks more like Asparagus with a little white sprout.
So read on to learn more about these awesome vegetables, and maybe why you haven’t seen white broccoli at the supermarket!
Is Cauliflower an albino broccoli?
Cauliflower shares many features with broccoli, but it’s not an albino white broccoli! Cauliflower and broccoli and two very distinct vegetables. And white broccoli is different from the both of the them.
Read below to learn more about the differences, as well as what white broccoli really is!
Cauliflower vs Broccoli
Cauliflower may look like a white version of broccoli, but it’s not! So why is cauliflower white?
Cauliflower is actually white because of how farmers prepare the crop. They will take the leaves at the base and tied them over the head in order to prevent direct sunlight. It doesn’t change the taste or the nutritional content, but then you’d end up with a yellow cauliflower instead of a white one.
Cauliflower and broccoli both come from the same family of cruciferous vegetables, called Brassicaceae.
Cauliflower is often considered one of the first vegetables to be grown in America.
It is the subtle differences in color, shape and structure that sets broccoli apart from cauliflower. Take for example their appearance. Both plants have bunched florets growing from a center point The florets of cauliflower are closely bunched while those of broccoli have more spread out growths.
This difference not only creates culinary value but also nutritional benefits. Different parts give them slightly different properties such as being lower or higher in certain nutrients like vitamin C – something to keep an eye on when shopping!
Health Benefits of Cauliflower
Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that provides us with valuable antioxidants. It is not only low in calories but it has been found to provide benefits for people who are trying to lose weight as well as those who have digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.
You can eat both the head, leaves and stalks.
In fact, the leaves have more nutritional value than the the head that we are so used to eating.
- They are richer in fiber
- contain three times the mineral
- 19 times the calcium
- twice the phosphorous
- Selenium is also an important mineral found, that works alongside Vitamin C to strengthen your immune system
Health Benefits of Broccoli
Broccoli also provides you numerous health benefits.
Kale, broccoli, cabbage and other members of the cruciferous family (family Brassicaceae) contain an important compound called sulforaphane.
- Anti Cancer properties
- Natural anti-inflammatory agents help promote a healthy heart
- Natural sunscreen
- Helps support memory and brain health
Raw broccoli has a high percentage of the compound sulforaphane than its cooked counterpart!
White Sprouting Broccoli
If you are wondering why you’ve never heard of white sprouting broccoli, don’t worry. It’s not as popular in America, it’s more prevalent in Britain. Probably due to the colder weather.
White Sprouting Broccoli is a truly a unique vegetable. They are small, white heads with slim stalks. It actually looks more like asparagus than broccoli! They can grow up to 4-5 feet high and have many leaves with very tiny florets in them, which remind me of baby cauliflowers. Some varieties include creamy white florets while others come as pale green ones. In addition to the white florets that make up white broccoli, white sprouting broccoli can also consist of white stalks.
Everything about the white sprouting broccoli is edible, the florets, leaves, and stems. It has a slightly mild and sweeter flavor than it’s broccoli counterpart.
Where to find white sprouting broccoli
You may have to attempt growing this yourself!
Fall is a great time for planning your garden, and planting broccoli seeds. The sprouts will start to grow in the late fall when it’s cold outside! You’ll finally be able to enjoy some fresh vegetables starting early spring after a long winter of nothing but soups.
Sprouting broccoli can provide you with an amazing way to celebrate the coming season – 6-8 weeks of chilling temperatures are necessary before florets form from this sturdy vegetable plant (or you could just wait until about October).
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