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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:58 am    Post subject: Cauliflower leaves. Reply with quote

Very excited as our cauliflower are beginning to develop, I have broken leaves over the curd to protect it as I read in a book. What I am wondering though is they are huge plants with a lot of foliage. Is this foliage edible, and if so do you eat it like cabbage? Would just hate to waste all those leaves.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes cauliflower leaves are edible just like cabbage but wait till the curd is harvested before you cut the leaves. The leaves are far more tender than cabbages but the same nutritional value.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats great, thanks Michael. More food and less wastage is always a good thing. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try caldo verdi or collard greens, you can find the recipes in the recipe drop section of this forum
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, will look them up. Smile Checked my cauliflowers again today and one of the heads is quite big, this may sound stupid but how do u know they are ready to harvest?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi monkeynic, yes I too am very excited about the grown in the garden this year. Broccoli Cauliflower peas etc are all triving. However to give some guidance with when to pick I only pick caulflower when the head is bigger than 5 inch wide. The heads growth depends alot on the weather, soil and pests. In this weather I would expect good growth, don't forget to give a liittle feed. If you enter 'growing cauliflowers' in the search engine on this site you will find a fantastic guide to growing the prefect cauli. Hopefully then you will get great big heads of cauliflower.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks sunnymount. Sounds like one is ready to harvest. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No bother enjoy your crop moneynic.
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