Cauliflower is available year-round, but its peak season is the fall!
Store cauliflower in a loosely sealed plastic bag, with a paper towel tucked in to absorb any excess moisture. Whole heads of cauliflower can be kept in a loosely sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for 4 to 7 days. Precut florets should be stored for no more than 4 days.
How to Choose
Look for cauliflower that has a creamy white color with densely packed florets that are free of blemishes, browning or wet spots. If buying purple, green or orange cauliflower, it should be uniformly colored. The cauliflower head should feel heavy in your hand for its size. Cauliflower leaves that look fresh and vibrant indicate the cauliflower was recently harvested.
How to Prepare
Cutting a head of cauliflower into florets: Quarter the head through the stem end and cut away the small section of core from each quarter. Then cut the cored cauliflower into bite-sized florets. Don’t get rid of the stalk and leaves! They’re edible & delicious, you can include them in your cooking. Peel and cut the stalks so they’re about the same size as the florets you’re using to ensure even cooking. Rinse the cut up pieces of cauliflower in a colander to remove any residual dirt. Use a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel to pat them dry before cooking. Watch a video here.