Colored cauliflower

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Constance

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Last week I went to a grocery store in a larger town, and found two semi-new varieties of cauliflower, one purple and one golden. I have heard that the purple will turn green when cooked, while the golden will stay the same. I wonder what experiences you all have had with these varieties, and what suggestion you have about how to prepare and serve it?
 

julieroussette

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I never tried them either. I would like to know if they have the same taste as white cauliflower and are use just for the look or also to add different flavors ?
 

GB

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I have had purple and orange, but have not cooked them myself. It was a while ago, but I do not recall the purple changing colors after cooked. I could be wrong though. They tasted exactly like the white. I loved the way the purple looked, but the orange just looked like it has been dusted in cheese powder for cheese puffs or something. I did not find that color terribly appetizing.
 

Constance

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Maybe I'm wrong about the color changing, GB. I know the purple string beans turn green...perhaps it was just an assumption. I guess we'll find out.
Since I have two heads of cauliflower, I'm going to steam half of each to eat cooked, and use the other half in a salad. I have to pick up some greens first. DH is really grossed out by the thought of purple and orange cauliflower. I sort of understand; I just got him to eat the white stuff a couple of years ago, and now here I am springing these odd colors on him. :LOL:
 

silentmeow

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I have cooked both the purple and the orange. I steamed mine and the color didn't seem to change much. Made for a really pretty plate but had trouble getting everyone to eat "something new"! I think the flavors are a bit milder than the white. The colored was a bit higher in price so I usually just stick with the white.
 

Linika

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I have used the purple cauliflower before and always steamed it....stayed the same colour...does anyone remember a few years back when heinz introduced that purple Ketchup? My kids wouldn't even try it!
 
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