As Green Talk points out, cauliflower is typically delivered to the store with the leaves removed, as most consumers only eat the florets. I’ll be saving them from now on. I just either eat them raw-its very crisp and yummy-or roast them whenever i put somethinf else in the oven. Possible Causes for Wilting Cauliflower. What is this Earthling’s Handbook, anyway? Yes, all the brassicas have edible leaves. ( Log Out /  #8. You can make kimchi without the fish sauce if you don’t like it or want it to be vegetarian. Learn how your comment data is processed. The pale green leaves of cauliflower become shatteringly crisp leaf-chips in the oven and the tough stems transform into tender roasted bits – all of which are perfect with a creamy dipping … The first time I saw a fully grown, straight-from-the-fields head of cauliflower, I didn’t even recognize it. Mimulus : The leaves of the monkeyflower cn be eaten raw or cooked. Anonymous. Abstractly, we probably all realize that cauliflower leaves are perfectly edible—they can be used just like any of your other favorite dark leafy greens. My vege man comes round in a van and his caulies still have their leaves to protect them. I grow my own for the first time, it’s big and so beautiful. Cauliflower can be a little finicky to grow. These are green crisp leaves that have a strong flavour and are used along with the stems. I was picking cauliflower out of my garden today and on a whim tried one of the leaves. The finished dish is creamy and comforting (as rice should be), yet sophisticated, too, with its blend of nutty and lemony flavors. Cauliflower florets are the part of the plant that most people prefer to eat. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Try frying the leaves in VCO, probably be even better than olive oil and the coconut oil is better for you. I bought a Romanesco Cauliflower from the Farmers Market yesterday and would have discarded the leaves without a thought. Whether roasted whole, eaten like little steaks or ground into rice or tortillas, there’s never a shortage of the cruciferous veggie in our kitchen. Any interruption (extreme cold, heat, drought or plant damage) can abort development of the edible portion. Whilst you might think that only the head of a cauliflower should be eaten, actually the whole thing is edible! Cauliflower stems (like broccoli stems) are something that unfortunately too often ends up in the bin. Yummmm!!! There are studies reporting that the cauliflower leaves are also edible and can be used in various recipes prepared using dark green leafy vegetables. I love making delicious food out of something that would otherwise be compost!  I have strategies for odds and ends of fruit, odds and ends of vegetables, and old tofu. How should I harvest it. Cauliflower belongs to the Brassicaceae or cruciferous family, and their leaves are a good source of dietary fiber, iron, essential fatty acids, potassium, calcium, beta-carotenes, folic acid and antioxidants. Pontificating to my son boomeranged on me once. Cauliflower leaves are nothing but the green leaves that cover the cauliflower and often are sold along with the entire cauliflower. Cauliflower Leaves Edible. Brilliant idea - I was thinking about making a layered/lasagna style cabbage roll dish with kale today... Hi. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. One serving of cauliflower (½ cup) contains almost half of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, and is loaded with appetite suppressing fiber. Amazing, I love this! Has anyone done that? Add salt and pepper to taste.  I used sea salt and white pepper in this batch. The leaves cook down to a soft, silky texture and the rib retains a … Usually when people talk about eating cauliflower, they are talking about the head, which is edible, but they tend to either discard the stalk and the leaves or use them to make a vegetable broth. Throwing them away is throwing money away! see below), cup finely chopped cauliflower leaves (thick, fibrous stalks discarded), cups short-grain brown rice (I used koshikari - if you use another type of short grain brown rice, it may change cooking timei), cup vermouth or cooking sake (in a pinch), generous tablespoons mascarpone or creme fraiche, tablespoon finely chopped Italian parsley, cup walnuts, lightly toasted in a 350° F oven for 5 to 7 minutes, finely chopped. I save the leaves and the cores, brocolli stems, carrot peels and freeze them, and when I have enough, I make a broth. The leaves are also edible but are often discarded. ( Log Out /  Never thought to use the leaves. I make radish leaf soup, carrot top soup, I use a lot of different leaves (beet, kolrabi, etc) in greens, so this is my type of recipe! What to do when a baby repeatedly drops something. Such a waste. Roasted Cauliflower Short Grain Brown Rice Risotto with Lemon, Walnut and Mascarpone, cups cauliflower florets (save any green leaves! Great idea! My mom always had to look for one with as many leaves as she could find when I was younger as I never liked the flower but thought the leaves were yummy. If you run out of oil before you run out of veggies, add more oil.  Taste it to see if you need to add more seasonings–often you won’t because they sink to the bottom. Save them. On Saturday I made roasted vegetables: cauliflower, potatoes, and green peppers.  Now, I’ve read all over the place how other people’s children just adore vegetables of all sorts when they are roasted, but my six-year-old Nicholas has steadfastly refused to eat any roasted vegetable except potatoes and the golden turnips we get about once a year from the CSA.  I’ve even tried showing him someone’s blog with photos of enthusiastic children yumming down the roasted cauliflower, to no avail. But until very recently, we had no idea we could actually use the leaves instead of just tossing them in the trash. Side-dress nitrogen fertilizer when the plants are half grown. Other vegetables in your garden that you most likely eat regularly include broccoli and carrots. All things I'd love your opinion on!! Tamar Adler's really excellent An Everlasting Meal contains a recipe for "A Pesto of Cores and Stems," and this is one of my favourite uses for cauliflower leaves. So I thought I would google and see if there was anyone who thought the same as I……wow! When you buy a head of cauliflower at the supermarket, you may notice that it comes with leaves attached to it. Like cabbage, you don’t need to remove their ribs to enjoy them. Everyone knows that they are absolutely edible, but we go for the soft tender florets, because that’s what most recipes ask for. Read on for helpful tips for treatment and reason why your cauliflower has wilting leaves. If you haven’t noticed, we’re kind of obsessed with cauliflower. This includes the florets, the leaves, and the stems too! Your mother knew what she was doing. Our CSA farm does not trim the outer leaves off a head of cauliflower because they help to keep the white part of the cauliflower clean until you’re ready to eat it.  The farm newsletter had mentioned from time to time that these leaves are edible, too, and we’d tried substituting them for kale in a few dishes, but our main impression was that they were tougher and less tasty than kale. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! So happy to hear we can save Cauliflower Leaves! See the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop and Healthy Vegan Friday for more healthy recipes!  Visit Your Green Resource for other ways to avoid wasting stuff! The outer leaves of cauliflower are delicious and edible but many people throw them away. Every single part of the cauliflower plant is healthy for your pet rabbit, and each part is a great source of that much-needed fiber. Great sounding dish! I am so excited about this! An easy way to add extra nutrients to your diet is by eating a few cauliflower leaves raw. When cooking, the outer leaves and thick stalks are typically removed, leaving only the florets (the edible "curd" or "head"). « The Earthling's Handbook. Agent of Change: What a long, lame Journey it's been! Wow!  They are so good!  They did not get really crisp like potato chips, but the edges have a pleasantly fried texture.  The thicker parts are chewy but not so chewy as to become boring; they exude rich flavor with every chomp!  Nicholas ate some without objection, although by the time dinner was finally ready (I got a late start) he was very tired and listless.  I love them so much I’ve been eating the leftovers cold, with my fingers! But this time, as I was cutting the huge leaves off the cauliflower and setting them aside, Nicholas came in and announced, “I don’t like cauliflower!  But I like cauliflower leaves!  Can I eat a leaf, please?”  I gave him a leaf.  He chomped into it and chewed earnestly for many minutes.  Then he handed me the remainder of the leaf and said, “Maybe they’ll be better roasted.”. Tell me about it in the comments: I want to know how you're turning what would otherwise be trash into a dish to treasure! Cauliflower leaves are not only edible, but they are also healthy as well as surprisingly delicious, with a texture similar to kale, but with a sweeter flavor. Transform your cauliflower leaves into a tasty dal or a chutney rich in calcium as well as flavor. The cauliflower leaves closest to the head are a bit more tender. Your recipe does sound good and I’ll be definitely be giving it a go! Recipe writers never seem to write about incorporating the stems. Cauliflower is a member of the Brassica family that is grown for its edible head, which is actually a grouping of abortive flowers. Just like you can peel broccoli stems to reveal their tender hearts, so can you with cauliflower stems. I like to serve cauliflower in a basic tomato sauce (teaspoon olive oil, garlic fried, add tinned tomatoes herbs and salt) added beans make a nice dish. Pingback: Top 10 Articles Earthlings Read in 2012 « The Earthling's Handbook, I’ve never understood why the leaves are chopped off cauliflowers. Thanks for the tips Posie! Cauliflower leaves are definitely edible, either eaten fresh or cooked, boiled, or in fritters, stir-fried, etc. You’d be hard pressed to find this much stalk with the leaves attached in most grocery store produce departments. Tie th… And since that fateful day, I always keep my leaves or grab them for free at the store and market and I mix them in with my florets or let them shine in a dish of their own. I’ll have to try them =) Thanks for sharing this at Healthy Vegan Fridays! Thanks for the tip! She had lived through poverty when widowed in the 1920s with four young children so she was not going to waste anything! Collards, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts. Looking Back at 2020 with The Earthling’s Handbook, Homemade Stuffing with Roasted Apples, Mushrooms, and Onions (Vegan). They behave more like cabbage, another member of the brassica family. You can even make it without red pepper flakes if you don’t like spicy foods. Let us look at some of the recipes which includes cauliflower leaves. Thankfully, most of it is not only edible, but delicious. The vitamins are just as high in the leaf as in the head. Ha! , totaling at least a tablespoon of herbs, in small bits. You can cook them just like spring greens and use as a … Will read on…, Pingback: Top 11 Recipes of 2011 « The Earthling's Handbook, Pingback: Thrifty Tips « The Earthling's Handbook. Plants that have edible leaves include, snap beans , lima beans, carrots , cauliflower, broccoli, beets, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, okra , kohlrabi, peas, sweet potatoes, radish, and squash . October 11, 2011 October 17, 2014 / 'Becca Our CSA farm does not trim the outer leaves off a head of cauliflower because they help to keep the white part of the cauliflower clean until you’re ready to eat it. My leaves are sooooo huge and as I was clearing out my garden, I felt it would be a waste to not do something with these leaves. Consider snacking forever changed. The leaves even suffer a worse fate. Pingback: What Earthlings Want to Know | The Earthling's Handbook, Pingback: Cutting Food Waste at Home and Worldwide | The Earthling's Handbook, Pingback: Delicious Roasted Broccoli Leaves | The Earthling's Handbook. Based on the data provided by Food Composition Table, National Institution of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India, the nutritive value of fresh cauliflower and its leaves compare as follows- Comparison of nutritive values of cauliflower and cauliflower leaves on a fresh basis (values per 100 g of edible portion) The table clearly indicates that – 1. Nicole August 11, 2019 The outer leaves of a cauliflower are edible, you can cook them just like spring greens and use as a substitute for any leafy greens such as … I cut the hard cores into tiny slices and put them at the bottom of the pan in the water and the sliced leaf on top to steam – good stuff. Large plants that never develop a head are extremely disappointing. Pingback: Finding kale boring or uncool? Adding them to my to-make list. Hence, they can be easily accommodated in many recipes. Leaves can be eaten raw, mainly being used as a spinach substitute. ( Log Out /  I love finding new ways to eat more of the things I grow. And yet the leaves are often just as edible … Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Know of a great recipe in the Food52 archives that uses an overlooked kitchen scrap (anything from commonly discarded produce parts to stale bread to bones and more)? The farm newsletter had mentioned from time to time that these leaves are edible, too, and we'd tried substituting them for … Pour some olive oil into a bowl.  For a fairly large pile of veggies (about 3-5 cups) you’ll need at least 1/2 or 3/4 cup of oil.  I don’t bother with the extra-virgin stuff, but I do insist on oil that comes in a glass bottle, not plastic. Abstractly, we probably all realize that cauliflower leaves are perfectly edible—they can be used just like any of your other favorite dark leafy greens. My answer changes by the day, but today I'd say: pumpkin guts, kale stems, potato peels, and fennel stalks. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Yum. Cauliflower leaves are an excellent source of iron, and they are also packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants. | Fuzzy Logic. Get email when a new article is published! Back in the 1950s when I was growing up I lived mostly with my grandmother. 😦. Well, why not?  I removed the main stems, tore the leaves into smaller pieces, and dunked the leaves in the same seasoned oil I was using for the rest of the vegetables, but I spread the leaves in a separate pan, assuming they would cook more quickly.  I made a double layer rather than use yet another pan.  After 10 minutes, they were looking crispy. So the next time you buy a big old head of cauliflower for cauliflower rice, cauliflower steaks, or cauliflower popcorn, I beg you: Do not throw away the leaves. Their nutricional value is that they have high levels of Vitamins A and C, and antioxidants. 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