We always advocate for growing what you eat. And since we eat a lot of broccoli and cauliflower, we try to grow a lot of broccoli and cauliflower.
Cauliflower has similar growing requirements as broccoli, so you can refer to our broccoli growing guide for information about when and how to plant. Cauliflower has a reputation for being difficult to grow, but we haven't found that to be the case so long as you get the timing right as protect the plants from pests, as you would with all brassicas.
Cauliflower heads are called curds and one thing to note when growing cauliflower in Central Texas is that they can turn yellow or purple if exposed to prolonged extreme temperatures. The plants are still fine to eat, it's just something you might notice. Adding shade cloth or typing the plants' long leaves over the heads as they develop can help keep the heads white.
Cooking with Cauliflower
If cauliflower isn't a vegetable you're familiar with cooking, just ask us for ideas! It's a very versatile vegetable. We love coating the florets in a olive oil and spices and roasting or air frying them. We also love blending cauliflower with cashews, miso, nutritional yeast, garlic, and lemon for a delicious alfredo-type sauce. Cauliflower is amazing in stir fries and curries, too. Aloo gobi (cauliflower potato curry) is a favorite around here. We'll add some recipes to this page as we're able.