Cauliflower is one of the most important winter vegetables grow in India. It is a European origin probably develop from broccoli. Cauliflower plays an important role in the human diet due to its attractive appearance, good taste, and Its nutritive rich value.
You love cauliflower, right? Or at least you think you should. Or maybe you’re a rebel and just can’t? We’ve been thrilled about cauliflower’s rise from reviled to revered over the past few years—we’ve always loved this previously underappreciated veg and we’re happy to see it claim the fame it deserves. From mashed to roasted, riced to raw, cauliflower is definitely having its day.
Did you know that cauliflower is in the brassica family? Otherwise known as the mustard family or cole crops? Other members of that family include broccoli, broccolette, kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, collards, mustards, daikon, radish, kohlrabi, rutabagas, and even turnips. And every last one of ‘em is descended from the wild cabbage. All of these veggies, in one way or another, have seen a recent surge in popularity as we come to appreciate their taste and nutrient density.
You might guess that cauliflower takes longer to grow than our little baby greens and you’d be right. Where our organic baby greens are ready for harvest in 21-45 days depending on the season and growing conditions, cauliflower takes 60-90 days to grow.
Crop rotation is critical to maintaining soil health and growing the best crops. Cauliflower and other brassicas not only put a different demand on the soil from lettuces, but they have their own way of fumigating the soil and chasing away certain pests. You know what any of these veggies smell like when they rot or even just get hot? Well the pests don’t like that smell either.
Still, farming organic cauliflower has its challenges. First of all, there’s dealing with the pest pressure of a longer growing crop. Second, there’s something you’ve probably never dreamed of: keeping the cauliflower head a desirable shade of white. Conventionally grown cauliflower, fed by fast-acting fertilizers, has very large wrapper leaves that shade the head and protect it from the sun, which is what turns the nice white cauliflower yellow-ish. The leaves on organic cauliflower plants tend to be smaller, so farmers had to tie the leaves together by hand to shade the head. That’s a lot of work!
But necessity is the mother of invention! Now, we use what is essentially a giant sewing machine attached to a tractor that moves down the rows and sews the leaves together. You can see it in action in our Field Tour video, starting at 4:18. Oh, heck, just watch the whole thing. It’s pretty interesting.
In the video below, we can see Awesome Cauliflower Cultivation Technology – Cauliflower Farming and Harvesting Machine
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Video resource: Noal Farm