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What's wrong with my cauliflower ?

This is my first time growing them and they bit purple and got growth coming out of them

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    The GPS Team

    Hi Charlie - do you have a photo? It would help other's identify what's going on.

  2. Grower

    Charlie Dale

    here a picture of the cauliflower

    • What's wrong with my cauliflower ?
  3. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Hi Charlie - by the looks of it, there's not much wrong with your plant!

    Cauliflowers thrive best with a whitish to cream head in the cooler temperatures of spring and autumn. However, the head can show a range of colours from yellow to red, blue and purple tints. The purple you show is caused by the presence of anthocyanin which tends to be more pronounced when there is more exposure to strong sunlight.

    Anthocyanin is a harmless water soluble pigment found in many natural foods such as plums, grapes, aubergine and red cabbage.

    Some varieties of Cauliflower such as 'Snow Crown' are much more likely to develop the purple colour.

    You can reduce the tendency to go purple and develop the 'growth' you show by selecting planting times that avoid the hottest summer sun. You can also reduce exposure by tying the leaves with clips over the developing white head or 'curd' to protect it from the sun.

    The purplish head with growth as shown should be perfectly safe and pleasant to eat, particularly raw. With cooking it can get a bit of an 'off' flavour, but is harmless nevertheless.

  4. Grower

    Charlie Dale

    Hello thank you now I can tell my parents as they think they have gone off and specially all the hard work I've put in thank you again

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