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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 06:04 pm (UTC)
I believe, without looking it up, that the darker and greener and leafier your veg is, the more like a 'green vegetable' it is and the more of the yummy good-for-you things that you're trying to get out of it there are. So basically, kale, chard, savoy cabbage and so on are better for you than asparagus and cauliflower.

Edit: Having said all that, when I'm constructing meals, cauliflower does fit in the 'what-is-the-green-vegetable-in-this-meal' slot. But we don't eat green vegetables every day in any case; perhaps only three or four times a week.

But honestly, all of this stuff is a load better for you than smoothies.

Edited at 2012-06-29 06:06 pm (UTC)
Jun. 30th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
I don't know about classifications, but in terms of superficial coloration I have had cauliflower that is white, orange, purple...
Jun. 30th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
One stall in our local monthly farmers' market not only has green cauliflowers (different shaped flower) and purple sprouts (same sort of colour as "red" cabbage) but also carrots in their original colour.
Jun. 30th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oooo, interesting! A friend living outside San Francisco was just telling me about the farm box she got with three different colors of carrot: orange, purplish, and white!
Jun. 30th, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
It's hard to explain to people who think of tickling as a normal experience - but, thanks to various autoimmune-related issues, tickling actually HURTS me. As a result, my muscles clench in anticipation, which sends shooting pain throughout my body, even if the person never actually does the tickling.

My Dad thought I was making it up - but I have done some research and discovered that it isn't all that uncommon if one has allodynia.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
I've seen yellow and green cauliflower, although I think of it as white and was utterly bemused by the Economist article when I read it earlier this week.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 10:51 pm (UTC)
In appearance, no. In functionality, yes.

For all intents and purposes not dependent on the visible color spectrum, it is a green veg. If you are decorating a float for the Tournament of Roses or trying to find something to alternate between the red bell peppers, yellow bell peppers, carrots, tomatoes, celery, and mange touts? It's white-ish.
Jul. 8th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
I would have said before reading this thread that a green vegetable was just and only a vegetable that was green. So I too was a bit skeptical of the Economist comment. I would have said that a vegetables nutritional content was somewhat independent of its colour though I thought there was a folk belief that green colour equated with nutrition. Personally I don't like cauliflower despite being able to enjoy broccoli (how its cooked makes a big difference) and some cabbage (especially purple cabbage, also not a vegetable which is green), I also don't like bok choi much despite it being so close to broccoli...

On tickling I usually don't like it, but I'm not going to say I find it universally unpleasant.
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