Cauliflower Cheese Will Never Be The Same Again.

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    Cauli-ful: The green, orange and purple varieties of cauliflower


    Scientists have developed amazing variants of vegetable where the traditional white florets have been changed to a garish orange, purple and green.

    The "rainbow cauliflowers" are said to taste the same as the normal varieties, but add a splash of colour to the dinner table.

    Some scientists have even claimed that they are healthier for you.

    Andrew Coker, a spokesman for the plant company Syngenta - which is developing the plants in Europe - stressed that the colourful cauliflowers were not the result of genetic engineering, but came after decades of traditional selective breeding.

    Although its not the first time that orange and green cauliflowers have been seen in Britain, their creators say they will be the first to be commercially available in supermarkets and markets.
    They retain their colour even after cooking. "The pictures may look garish, but they are really are this colourful," said Mr Coker.

    Consumers are looking for ever new experiences on their dinner plates and colour features very large in their desire for different things.


    "These are the results of traditional selective breeding - where different strains have been cross breed and cross bred until these strains have been created.

    "We are now trying to ensure that we have the consistency of colour, taste and size before bringing them to the mass market. But you will find them in smaller outlets from this year."
    In tests, the garish cauliflowers have proved a hit with shoppers.

    While traditionalists may baulk at the unusual colours, it is not the first time that plant breeders have changed the appearance of vegetables.

    Until the 17th century most carrots eaten Europe were white, yellow or purple. The orange pigment was added by Dutch plant breeders looking for a way to celebrate Holland's royal family.


    The last few years has seen the introduction of purple carrots to supermarkets in Britain, along with yellow tomatoes and purple potatoes.

    In America, where colour cauliflowers have been available for several years, they have been a big hit with foodies. The orange cauliflower has higher than normal levels of beta carotene, a form of vitamin A that encourages healthy skin.

    The purple colour comes from anthocyanin, which may help prevent heart disease by slowing blood clotting. Tests of the orange cauliflowers in America found that they contained 25 times the concentrations of beta carotene in normal cauliflowers


    By DAVID DERBYSHIRE
     
  2. How Fabulous! I love cauliflower! This reminds me of that popcorn called "POP QUIZ"!!
     
  3. These are so pretty. Can't wait to see them here.
     
  4. Oooo! I love the purple one:biggrin:
     
  5. I've had the green kind before. They call it "broccoliflower" at my farmer's market so I thought it was a hybrid :shame:

    I've seen the orange kind there, too. I never knew what it was...
     
  6. ^^ Same here. I can't wait to find some of the purple.
     
  7. looks yummy and i cant wait to try it!

    ....but wats with the title of the thread? i dont get it :confused1:
     
  8. I've seen orange ones before, but they weren't that flourescent. I kind of don't want to eat colored cauliflower, it looks so unnnatural.
     
  9. I really don't think I can eat colored vegetables:borg:
     
  10. But every time you eat a vegetable isn't always colored.... besides the white ones :p
     
  11. Haha! I assume she means electric-neon veggies!

    For you all that have seen these at your market, how much were they? Cauliflower is typically 0.88 - $1.00 a lb here, and I was curious if there was a huge markup!
     
  12. ^ I think it was like $.99 :wondering

    I liked the green kind-- I thought it was good. Now that I know it's more nutritious, I'll def buy the orange kind if I see it again :shrugs:
     
  13. Would def look good on the dinner table! My dieting downfall is cheese sauce mmmmmmm!!!!!
     
  14. Well, I feel like a total doofus! I have been acting like this coloful cauliflower is some fabulously foreign delicacy. I asked the produce manager today and it's been at my grocery store for a few months now! What a fool, it really isn't that cool either, but than again it's only cauliflower so how cool can it really be! haha! I only saw the orange and green. They do call it "carnival cauliflower" which i thought was pretty trippy!

    It's a $1.69 a pound.
     
  15. Great way to get your kids to each veges by making them colourful and fun, I would love to have the purple one on my plate.