Medium-sized plants with domed, solid curds and self-blanching, upright wrapper leaves.
BLANCHING: When small white heads become visible through leaves, gather the outer leaves over the head and tie with string or a large rubber band to preserve white curd color. Although tying is not necessary to grow cauliflower, the practice helps prevent yellowing of the curd due to exposure to sunlight and results in better head quality when curd develops during hot weather.
HARVEST: Keep an eye on development, cut heads when desired size is obtained but before the curds becomes loose, or “ricey.”
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Brassica oleracea
(Photo courtesy of Jane Carter)