Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cauliflower, the mini and the normal...

Am now actually transiting at Singapore Changi Airport, waiting for my flight to Osaka...
Had spend a few days at Perth meeting up with some fine folks at the University of Western Australia...

Here is a post that I did not get to upload successfully before leaving for Perth the other day...


I have tried growing cauliflower on and off for a while... this picture above shows the mini-cauliflower we had.... it was only about 4 centimeters across... oohooo....
Still, a lovely vegetable it is...

Cauliflower apparently originates from around the Mediterranean region...
That veggie is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate...

It is a very good source of vitamin B5, potassium, dietary fiber, manganese, and molybdenum. Additionally, it is a good source of protein, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, and iron. (Source)

Yes, folate... what is this stuff, anyway....

Answer: Folate helps tissues grow and cells work.






This one was about 10 centimeters across... a little bit more 'normal' than the first one...

According to the same web source, boiling reduces the levels of these compounds, with losses of 20–30% after five minutes, 40–50% after ten minutes, and 75% after thirty minutes.
However, other preparation methods, such as steaming or stir frying have no significant effect on the compounds.



Furthermore, a high intake of cauliflower has been associated with reduced risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

But sometimes I wonder, how much volume is this 'high intake' thingy...  hopefully, it is not like having to eat three heads of cauliflower per day to enjoy this benefit... no?
Am just being cheeky here.... ;=)

Anyway, my suweeto haato cooked a really delicious curry with the cauliflower... that dish once again reminded me of how excellent the taste of home-grown veggies are, really....