In the kitchen
Store in the fridge with the leaves on. Best eaten within a couple of days, although it can last up to a fortnight.
Prep & Cooking tips
Remove the leaves and cut away the main stalk. Break or cut the florets into manageable pieces. As well as being a good indicator of freshness, the leaves can be eaten - the smaller inner leaves are the best and can be cooked in the same pan. The stalk is also perfectly edible; it can be cut into chucks and batons and cooked in a similar way to the florets, or used in cauliflower soup.
Roast (for the best flavour), boil, steam or stir-fry – just don’t overcook it. It should take 10 mins in a hot oven but no more than 3-4 mins in boiling water or a hot wok.
Try pulsing the florets in a processor until coarsely chopped and the texture of rice or plump couscous. You can eat it raw but it is better cooked in a little oil and stock until just tender. Use as you would use rice.
2. Save the leaves
The tender protective leaves that cleave to the central curds are too often discarded. They can be steamed or boiled with the florets - a particularly nice addition to a classic cauliflower cheese.
If cut into small florets, rubbed with oil, seasoned well and cooked in a fiercely hot oven, they will roast in 8-10 minutes. A little spicing of cumin or smoked paprika is ideal, or dress with a squeeze of lemon while hot and toss with chopped parsley and capers.
Goes well with
Nuts (Hazelnuts, Pine nuts)
Spices (Cumin, Coriander, Turmeric)
Serves: 4 Total time: 25 min
Cauliflower quinoa with spiced almonds
Serves: 2 Total time: 30 min
Cauliflower and blue cheese macaroni
Serves: 4 Total time: 50 min
Whole roasted cauliflower with almonds and garlic
Serves: 4 Total time: 1h 15 min
Gluten-free cauliflower and almond gratin
Serves: 4 Total time: 55 min
Spicy cauliflower with garlic, olives and toasted breadcrumbs
Serves: 4 Total time: 35 min
In the field
Meet the grower: Andy Hayllor, Ashburton, Devon
As a founder member of the South Devon Organic Producers co-operative, Andy Hayllor supplies Riverford with brilliant organic vegetables and meat.Read more