1 packet contains 30 seeds of Cauliflower.
Packed with rich nutrients, cauliflower or cabbage flower is one of the commonly used flower-vegetable. The flower heads contain numerous health benefiting phtyo-nutrients such as indole-3-carbinol, sulforaphane etc., that help prevent prostate, ovarian and cervical cancers.Botanically, it is a member of the cruciferous or brassicaceae family.
It has got a similar nutritional and phyto-chemistry profile with broccoli and cabbage. Several cultivars exist other than common snow-white variety, including green, orange, purple, and romanesco heads.You can eat cauliflower raw, steamed, stir-fried or cooked in casseroles. Lifecycle: annual, Biennial grown as an annual.
||Purple Cauliflower, Cauliflower Purple Sicily , Cauliflower Sicilian Violet , Cauliflower Violet Queen , Graffiti Cauliflower, Cavolfiore di Sicilia Violetto.Brassica oleracea(Botanical Name).
||Height: 1 to 2 feet
Spread: 1.3 to 3 feet
||Moderate to difficult
Planting and care
- Make sure that the plants have uninterrupted growth
- Any interruption can cause the plants to develop a head prematurely or ruin the edible part completely
- Cauliflower requires consistent soil moisture
- They need 1 to 1
- 5 inches of water each week; with normal rainfall, this usually requires supplement watering
- For best growth, side-dress the plants with a nitrogen fertilizer
- Note that the cauliflower will start out as a loose head and it takes time for the head to form
- Many varieties take at least 75 to 85 days from transplant
- Be patient
- When the curd (the white head) is about 2 to 3 inches in diameter, tie the outer leaves together over the head with a rubber band, tape, or twine
- This is called blanching, and it protects the head from the sun and helps you get that pretty white colour
- The plants are usually ready for harvest 7 to 12 days after blanching
Cauliflower Di Sicilia Violetto care
- Most cauliflower varieties require about 2 months to mature, although some are a little quicker and others can take up to 3 months
- Since they will not form heads in warm weather and can only handle a light frost, be sure to choose a variety that will have enough time to mature in your climate
- That means a fast maturing variety, if your spring or fall is short
- Longer maturing varieties are good choices for gardeners with mild or late winters
||Full sun, Can tolerate light shade but will slow maturity. Light shade can be beneficial in warm weather.
||Cauliflower needs consistent moisture and plenty of water. Without sufficient water, the heads turn bitter.
||Requires well-drained soil, Prefers well-drained, fertile soil high in organic matter, pH 6.0 to 7.5. Can tolerate slightly alkaline soil. Needs plentiful, consistent moisture.
||18 to 30 °C
||Since cauliflower takes so long to mature, some supplemental feeding will be necessary. Feed every 2 - 4 weeks with an organic fertilizer like kelp and fish emulsion.
- When the heads are compact, white, and firm, then it is time to harvest them. Ideally, the heads will grow 6 to 8 inches in diameter.Cut the heads off the plant with a large knife. Be sure to leave some of the leaves around the head to keep it protected.
- If the heads are too small but have started to open up, they will not improve and should be harvested.
- If the cauliflower has a coarse appearance, it is too mature and should be tossed.
- If you want to store cauliflower, you can put the head in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator. It should last for about a week.For long-term storage, you can also freeze or pickle the heads.
Cauliflower Di Sicilia Violetto special feature
- Cauliflower is a cool-season crop and a descendant of the common cabbage.
- It is more difficult to than its relatives because it does not tolerate the heat or cold as well. For this reason, cauliflower is usually grown commercially.
Cauliflower Di Sicilia Violetto uses
- It is very low in calories
- 100 g of the fresh cauliflower head provides only 26 calories
- Nevertheless, it comprises of several health-benefiting antioxidants and vitamins in addition to be very low in fat and contains no cholesterol
- Its florets contain about 2 g of dietary fiber per 100 g; providing about 5% of recommended value
- Cauliflower contains several anti-cancer phyto-chemicals like sulforaphane and plant sterols such as indole-3-carbinol, which appears to function as an anti-estrogen agent
- Together these compounds have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer-cell growth inhibition, cytotoxic effects on cancer cells
- Fresh cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C; 100 g provides about 48
- 2 mg or 80% of daily recommended value
- Vitamin-C is a proven antioxidant helps fight against harmful free radicals, boosts immunity and prevents from infections and cancers
- It contains good amounts of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as folates, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3) as well as vitamin K
- These vitamins is essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish and required for fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism
- The thick, oval leaves have a pronounced mid-rib and veins
- The leaves and stem of cauliflower are both edible