GMO Free Purple of Sicily Cauliflower Seeds

Cauliflower comes in lots of varieties and colors.  But one thing they all have in common is they are all highly nutritious.

Cauliflower is a great source of folate, a B vitamin that helps with the formation of red blood cells; it’s also a good source of vitamin C, and high in fiber.

I love growing purple cauliflower for so many reasons, but mainly for the extra nutrients, AND many say it’s easier to grow than white varieties because it offers some extra insect resistance.

Also, one of the added bonuses of purple cauliflower is it has an antioxidant called anthrocyanin.  That’s what gives it that stunning purple hue and that’s also what offers so many medicinal benefits, including helping reduce inflammation.

It’s a gorgeous plant… with gorgeous purple heads that actually turn green once their cooked.  And the entire cauliflower plant is edible, including the stalk and leaves.

The Purple of Sicily Cauliflower is an Italian heirloom cauliflower, considered sweeter than white types and this heirloom does best in temperatures between 60  and 75 degrees.  It takes 60-85 days to harvest.

For fall crops, if you’re starting your seeds inside you’ll want to start them about 14 weeks before your average first frost date.

If you’re starting outdoor, sow closer to 10 weeks before your first frost.  Be sure to add a little compost to your soil before planting if it’s lacking organic matter.

You’ll want to plant 2-3 seeds in a sunny place, where it gets at least 8 hours of light per day.  Don’t forget to water right after you plant.

Space the cauliflower 18-24 inches apart with 2-3 feet between rows.

Cauliflower likes water so try for about an inch per week and we fertilize our plants every 2-3 weeks.

If you’re concerned with frost, the cauliflower is prepared.  You can cover the heads with the huge leaves by loosely tying them in place with a string.  That’ll also help keep the purple from fading in the sun.

 

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