Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the family Brassicaceae . It is an annual plant that reproduces by seed. Typically, only the head is eaten – the edible white flesh sometimes called “curd” . The Brassicaceae also includes broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, collard greens and kale and are collectively called cole crops ( aka cool season crops )
Summer brings in many types of delicious, succulent melons to the farmers market. Local farmers choose rare and heirloom varieties and let them slowly mature on their vines until perfectly ripe so that their sweet, subtle tastes can be savored as summer slips into fall. These stars of the summer are bursting with juice and flavor when dead ripe and delicate.