Cauliflower is a member of the calciferous family that loves cool weather. Cauliflower is harder to grow than other members of the cabbage family. There are several varieties of cauliflower. The open pollinated and the hybrid are the white varieties. Some varieties might even surprise you, like the colorful varieties of purple and broccoli flower.
Health Benefits of Cauliflower
- Cauliflower is a rich source of vitamin C and selenium, which act as antioxidants and help strengthen the immune system by fighting against infections such as the common cold, flu, and bronchitis.
- Research has shown that the vitamin C in cauliflower can help reduce the wheezing in children suffering from asthma.
- A good source of potassium and fiber and low in calories, fat, and cholesterol, cauliflower is a great addition to a heart-healthy diet. Potassium and fiber help reduce high blood pressure.
- Cauliflower contains a substance called allicin (also present in onion and garlic), which helps prevent heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.
- Cauliflower also provides fiber which prevents constipation and helps prevent colon cancer.
- Half cup cooked with no added salt contains 1.4 grams fiber.
Protein - 1.14 grams
Calories - 14
- Potassium - 88 mg
- Phosphorus - 20 mg
- Calcium - 10 mg
- Iron - 0.2 mg
- Magnesium - 6 mg
- Sodium - 9 mg
- Zinc - 0.11 mg
- Copper - 0.011 mg
- Manganese - 0.082 mg
- Selenium - 0.4 mcg
- Also contains small amounts of other minerals.
- Vitamin C - 27.5 mg
- Niacin - 0.254 mg
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.026 mg
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.032 mg
- Folate - 27 mcg
- Vitamin B6 - 0.107 mg
- Pantothenic Acid - 0.315 mg
- Vitamin A - 7 IU
- Vitamin K - 8.6 mcg
- Vitamin E - 0.04 mg
- Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.