After flirting with the marketplace and its consumers for a couple of years, sweet sprouting cauliflower may have found its time to shine as that special new vegetable everyone wants to get their hands on.
Sweet sprouting Cauliflower, known as Fioretto, here in Australia, was first developed by a Japanese seed company, and has been likened to an edible bride’s bouquet, with long, thin stemmed and tiny white cream florets. practical as well as a pretty face, the brassica is said to be sweeter, more versatile and easier to prepare and cook than its everyday counterpart, as well as not having the sometimes wasteful thick stem.
Designed to appeal to all consumers, with an emphasis on children and affluent foodies, this hybrid has an answer for everything: it aims to be both tasty and visually attractive, suiting modern lifestyles and premium meal occasions. It has a sweeter than usual cauliflower taste.
Fioretto means “little flower” in Italian and many like to compare the cauliflower to the tiny white gypsophila flowers used in bouquets. Attractively built, the vegetable has white tops supported by long shining stems. With a softer texture than the cauliflower, this attractive brassica has enough firmness to stay upright, with long stems that grow from a single central stem.
You can eat sweet sprouting cauliflower raw in salads or as crudités, blanched, mashed, pickled (a Japanese trend), stir-fried, steamed, roasted or barbequed, and it’s got a quick cooking time, especially as it suits al dente cooking. When cooked the stems turn to a brighter shade of green and it will store, raw and chilled, for up to a week.
Jamie & Jen these were bloody beautiful, we deep fried them with the beer batter from the squash flowers and served them our chilli jam and pesto aioli, I thought that they would go with some hot smoked salmon that I prepared yesterday, I was not wrong, very tasty.
I do recommend that you get down to The Prickly Pineapple team and see what other produce they have, its mind blogging, what produce they have there. You should also have a look at there dry goods as well, Especially the Organic, gluten free & vegan pasta, a good range.
See next weeks post on Gluten free and how it effects your body.