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by request: how to choose a cauliflower 
4th-Aug-2008 04:04 pm
food, Bascove peaches
I was reminded that not everybody grew up with earthy-crunchy backyard-gardening veggie freaks for parents* (like I did), and so may not be familiar with how to select good produce. Here are a couple of general tips and specific advice for cauliflower.

Produce in general:
  • Smaller tastes better.
  • Funny-looking tastes better. (These two assume you have access to a farmers' market or good produce stand or something other than the conventionally-grown produce clones available in most supermarkets.)
  • If you're going to peel it before eating it, surface blemishes don't matter (and may be a bargain).

Cauliflower in particular:
  • A good cauliflower seems heavier than it ought to for its size. When you pick it up, you should think "whoa, does this thing have a lead core?"
  • Look for a head that's firm; if it's started to dry out and wither a bit, check the others.
  • Look for a creamy-white color to the head. If there are a few small black dots, that's okay but you'll want to trim them off before cooking it.

*Speaking of gardening and my parents, I just looked up The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping: Home Landscaping with Food-Bearing Plants and Resource-Saving Techniques on Amazon — Roz was my mom's college roommate, and my dad proofread the book before it went to press.

It's currently selling for $75 and up.

I have two copies.

4th-Aug-2008 11:52 pm (UTC) - that's useful
thank you

5th-Aug-2008 03:32 am (UTC)
OMG, your earlier cauliflower post about killed me, but I haven't had time to leave any comments! I've been trying to work out in the evenings and they actually make me do work at work now, so I can't check LJ during the day. But then again, they give me money.

Hey, I'm getting an Egoscue eval tomorrow at the Austin office! I had to wash out my only presentable exercise bra. :D
6th-Aug-2008 02:06 am (UTC)
So useful! Thanks!
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