Nov 27th, 2012

Incredible Cauliflower

Photos & text by Albert Brian Vick, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator

The cauliflower in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden is maturing slowly but surely. The cooler than normal temperatures have slowed the process, but we’ve already harvested 202 lbs.* of Snow Crown curds and 116 lbs.* of cauliflower leaves for delivery to FeedMore.
Most people have never seen a complete cauliflower plant. The giant leaves are beautiful, plentiful and highly nutritious. FeedMore is also making use of our broccoli leaves and stems.

YTD Community Kitchen Garden Harvest Total: 11,304 lbs.  *These numbers were updated to reflect donations as of November 27, 2012

Lewis Ginter gardener Laura Schumm wrangles a massive cauliflower.

A beautiful Snow Crown specimen, 11/21/12.

Recipes abound on the Web, from roasting the leaves to soups. Try olive oil, onions & apples with the chopped stalks and leaves in a saute pan. Cook to desired tenderness. Or combine both cauliflower & leaves into one yummy dish! 

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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