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Cauliflower and tickling


Cauliflower is a green vegetable.
Cauliflower is NOT a green vegetable.
Cauliflower is complicated with respect to its color and classification. (Please explain in a comment.)

Do you like to be tickled?

Hate it

An article in the Economist this week includes the line "Admittedly, people were buying fewer green vegetables, continuing a long-term trend driven by declining appetite for cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts."


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Jun. 29th, 2012 12:01 pm (UTC)
Romano cauliflower is green all the time. Cauliflower is part of Brassica oleracea which includes cabbage and greens and broccoli.
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
This is what I was going to say!
(no subject) - del_c - Jun. 29th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - the_alchemist - Jun. 29th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - gillpolack - Jun. 29th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
im not ticklish which negates the question entirely.
Jun. 29th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
Cabbage, cauliflower and brussels sprouts are the same bloody thing -- they're all cultivars of one particular species which, like dogs, have been domesticated and bred into wildly different-looking strains.

They're all disgusting and vile, too.
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - sollersuk - Jun. 30th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
I've seen varieties of cauliflower that are orange, green and purple... it all depends on the garden catalogue.
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
Hm. I feel the question is "does Cauliflower fulfil the same sort of nutritional role in a meal as green veg", to which I supposed it does but I don't actually know

Is there a particular reason cauliflower and tickling go together? :)
(no subject) - gummitch - Jun. 29th, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
Speak for yourself! The green leafy bits protecting the curd are just as tasty, whether steamed along with it or stir-fried.
(no subject) - gillpolack - Jun. 29th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - the_alchemist - Jun. 29th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Most cauliflower is white, but it's still a cruciferous vegetable. Some cauliflower is green (Romanesco and broccoflower). Some cauliflower is other colors, such as bright orange and purple, but still counts, IMO, as a green vegetable.
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:51 pm (UTC)
Cauliflower is a vegetable, but it is not green. (Unless you eat the leaves, the leaves are not only a green vegetable, but they are also greens.)

Broccoflower is a green vegetable, as is fractal broccoli, which resembles cauliflower more than it does proper broccoli.

Jun. 29th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
My view is that though cauliflower isn't green (at least the part humans normally eat isn't) it fits much better with cabbage, broccoli and sprouts in the category "green vegetables" than it does with root veg like carrots, swede and turnips.
Jun. 29th, 2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
I love sprouts, and can't find them in my local supermarket. I think they're not seasonal, or something.

Who likes to be tickled with a cauliflower, then?
Jun. 29th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
They're very definitely seasonal: autumn through most of the winter.
Jun. 29th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think cauliflower quite makes the green cut.While it's especially high in potassium and has about the same iron level as broccoli, it isn't particularly high in calcium like a dark green veg , doesn't have comparable beta carotene or C either. I'd put it in a pale green/white category with cabbage whereas brussel sprouts or broccoli definitely make it into the greens category. I would guess a Romanesco is somewhere in between. Don't know if orange cauliflower is actually higher in beta carotene. If so, it might qualify for orange status.
Jun. 29th, 2012 02:36 pm (UTC)
I always learn things on your journal. Thanks to borusa's comment, now I know fancy things about cauliflower!
Jun. 29th, 2012 02:41 pm (UTC)
Cauliflower is bicoloured. Except when it's all-green, but then it's really a sort of broccoli. If it's in a cheese sauce or aloo gobi it's multicoloured. If you don't serve the green leaves it's monotone.

So, yes, it's a complicated vegetable.
Jun. 29th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Romanesco reminds me of an extreme closeup of the eye of a chameleon.
Jun. 29th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
The flower is, well, a flower and neither green nor leafy (well, I can sometimes get green cauliflowers, but then I can also get purple Brussels sprouts).

The leaves, which I cook either together with the florets or as a separate vegetable, are a green vegetable.
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