What on earth

is an heirloom cauliflower??? I saw the sign before I saw the product last week at Rowe Farms and was intrigued. Then I saw it:

Isn’t it beautiful???

Of course I picked it up, since we all know my penchant for purple vegetables – I was very much hoping that the purple colour would not disappear on cooking…

According to Wikipedia, the purple color is caused by the presence of the antioxidant group anthocyanin, which can also be found in red cabbage and red wine. Antioxidants? All right then!!! You can read more about the scientific side of the colour here, on How Stuff Works.

Last night, Neil was charged with cooking dinner – I gave him some shrimp (prawns for the Australians reading this!), the cauliflower and the leftover cremini mushrooms and patty pan squash from last weekend’s Keep it Local meal. He made a beautiful stir fry and, look – the purple cauliflower stayed purple!!!

This dish was a winner – spicy and pretty!! I am loving the cauliflower right now!!!

26 Responses to What on earth

  1. Conor @ HoldtheBeef October 1, 2009 at 10:14 #

    Woo! It's so sad when the colourful ones lure you in and then turn normal colours once you cook them.

  2. Simply Life October 1, 2009 at 12:21 #

    Wow, that's crazy – I've never seen anything like it! Too fun!

  3. Divina Pe October 1, 2009 at 12:39 #

    I don't want to eat it yet. Just want to look at the purple cauliflower for awhile. They're incredibly gorgeous.

  4. Tasty Eats At Home October 1, 2009 at 12:42 #

    I would love to have a purple cauliflower! Awesome.

  5. penny aka jeroxie October 1, 2009 at 13:28 #

    I love purple cauliflower. It seems like it is has a sweet undertone as well and it holds its shape quite well! Purple cauli is just too pretty to eat.

  6. Chow and Chatter October 1, 2009 at 14:56 #

    wow this is so cool love it i need to find me one of these

  7. traveleatlove October 1, 2009 at 15:23 #

    I LOVE purple cauliflower. So good roasted or pureed in a soup too.

  8. eatlivetravelwrite October 1, 2009 at 15:59 #

    Conor – I KNOW – I was very excited!

    Simply Life – absolutely!

    Divina – stunning colours, yes.

    Tasty Eats – apparently now is the season

    Penny – yes – it was a bit sweet – yummy!

    Chow – I am sure you could find one…

    Traveleatlove – Purple purée – now THERE'S an idea…

  9. Amber October 1, 2009 at 16:03 #

    How gorgeous! I'd like to stick it in a vase and use it for a centerpiece!

  10. eatlivetravelwrite October 1, 2009 at 16:05 #

    Amber – what a GREAT idea!!!

  11. Myrtille October 1, 2009 at 16:35 #

    Very tempting…Purple cauliflower is next on my list!

  12. Andrea@WellnessNotes October 1, 2009 at 16:45 #

    What an amazing color! Not sure I'd be able to eat it… 🙂 How cool that it stayed purple!

  13. eatlivetravelwrite October 2, 2009 at 00:25 #

    Myrtille – you won't be disappointed!

    Andrea – It was actually even more beautiful when it was cooked!

  14. Simply Life October 2, 2009 at 00:39 #

    Just FYI – I just gave you a blogger award! 🙂

  15. myblissfulbites October 2, 2009 at 01:14 #

    gorgeous. at the market the other day there was purple and golden cauliflower right next to each other. could have been a bridal bouquet it was so pretty!

  16. Fresh Local and Best October 2, 2009 at 01:37 #

    The photo of the cauliflower is stunning! Absolutely stunning!

  17. eatlivetravelwrite October 2, 2009 at 01:46 #

    Simply Life – thanks! Will accept over weekend.

    myblissfulbites – oh how pretty!

    Fresh Local – thanks so much!

  18. Amanda October 2, 2009 at 01:54 #

    Oh I'm a sucker for any purple veggie…

  19. Cocina Savant October 2, 2009 at 02:41 #

    That is incredibly fascinating. It takes aesthetic eating to a new level.

  20. Yvonne October 2, 2009 at 03:05 #

    Nature's art – so delicious looking!

  21. eatlivetravelwrite October 2, 2009 at 13:16 #

    Amanda – me too!

    Cocina – I love it – "aesthetic eating"!

    Yvonne – thanks!

  22. Lori Lynn October 3, 2009 at 14:10 #

    Oh that it stayed purple, that is a bonus. Beautiful!

  23. eatlivetravelwrite October 3, 2009 at 14:35 #

    Lori Lynn – quite the bonus!

  24. Holly October 3, 2009 at 18:01 #

    I used the beautiful purple veggie in a salad.

  25. eatlivetravelwrite October 4, 2009 at 00:38 #

    Holly – that looked amazing!

  26. The Best Family October 19, 2009 at 21:18 #

    i love the colorful cauliflowers – yellow, orange, purple – so pretty in a salad! i've never tried cooking them – not fond of cooked cauliflower – but am glad to know they retain their color, as i'd wondered about that. i also like the colorful carrots we find occasionally at the market.

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