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Cauliflower is a cruciform vegetable flower head. It is very similar to broccoli, but less flavorful and less nutritious. Cauliflower is naturally light green, but will be white if it is kept from the sun. Normally this is done by tying the leaves over the flower head (this operation can also be used to make broccoli light green instead of dark blue-green). 

A purple variety of cauliflower is sometimes available that turns blue when cooked. It's great for novelty value, but tastes slightly bitter. Cauliflower is useful as generic vegetable matter, because few people have a strong opinion for or against it. Cauliflower is bland.

Common ways to eat cauliflower include:

  • overcooked and mushy, with a thick covering of cheese sauce

  • raw or steamed, in salads or with salt

  • cooked as part of a soup or mixed vegetable dish

Sometimes cauliflower is pickled, typically to be sold with pickled onions and pickled cucumbers.

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