This assortment of Cauliflower includes three varieties of strange and heirloom varieties. These include Romanesco Broccoli / Cauliflower, Purple of Sicily and Snowball Y Improved as well. The plants can grow to mature heights of 2 to 3 feet tall, depending on the variety and do not take up much gardening space. Each seed packet comes complete with a colorful illustration, as well as detailed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well.
Purple Sicily Cauliflower
Purple Sicily Cauliflower grows in the cooler seasons as a biennial cruciferous vegetable. By its scientific name, Brassica oleracea var. botrytis, it is known to belong to the plant order Capparales. Unlike white cauliflower, this cauliflower's color comes from the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is also present in red cabbage.
These are a culinary delight, and the heads cook to bright green. While the insect-resistant varieties tend to be easier to grow than many white varieties; all varieteies are rich in minerals and look beautiful in any vegetable garden bed. These crops display lush violet shades on the outside florets, but stems remain mundane at the core of the vegetable, retaining a cream color.
Although one wouldn't know by the color, Purple Sicily is a treat to eat and all parts (floret, stalk and leaves) are edible. While the stems and trunk are harder, the florets have a unique flavor. Overall, this cauliflower has a flavor that is milder, sweeter, nuttier and less bitter than that of the white cauliflower.
Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C. It only takes about a half cup of florets to get nearly half of the daily requirement for vitamin C intake. It also packs a fair nutritional punch on the side of fiber, vitamin A, calcium and potassium in addition to many other minerals. These all work with Vitamin C to boost the immune system. As a cruciferous vegetable, there are also high levels of cancer-fighting phytochemical's know as glucosinolates made bio available within this plant.
Snowball Y Improved Cauliflower
Snowball cauliflower is not only an excellent source of fiber and vitamins, but it is a garden staple as well. It is easy to grow in the cooler months, when other crops have already been harvested and are off to the market. Snowball cauliflower is a hardy plant, a low low-calorie superfood and is also easy to manage. This is a classic American plant that has been known to exist here for about 200 years, however only within the last couple of decades has it become a culinary staple.
It was introduced in America during the 1940's and has continued to be a world-wide favorite ever since. The compact heads are usually harvested at 6 to 8 inches, displaying snow white heads with tightly packed florets. Snowball Y Improved will freeze well making it a top choice as a storable crop.
Romanesco Broccoli (Cauliflower)
Romanesco is an Italian heirloom and has been enjoyed for years, since the 16th century. The heads display apple-green, whorled pinnacles on 7 inch heads. The plants themselves can easily spread 3 feet wide, and grow to a mature height of about 2 or 3 feet tall. Romanesco boasts a mild, yet nutty flavoring and is often eaten raw, or cooked.
Romanesco Broccoli is categorized as an annual crop. Annuals such as this will grow quickly from freshly harvested seeds, producing flowers, fruits and seeds all within a single season. Romanesco is just one variety of Broccoli that we have to offer. check out our Broccoli seed category for additional varieties. You may also be interested in our Purple Cauliflower variety as well.