It’s time we had a talk about cauliflower

For many years, cauliflower was content to stay behind the scenes as a “Wind Beneath Your Wings” type of food item that was there to lift up the other parts of the meal.

No one really ever wanted to eat just cauliflower, but it was fine to add to a salad, stew, curry, pasta, pizza or really just about any dish. Recently, though, cauliflower has been receiving acclaim as a “Super Food,” and people seem to be using it more and more often.

But what do we really know about cauliflower anyway? Our crack team of investigators went behind the stem to find out, and what they discovered may surprise you.

cauliflowerFirst of all, I’m no longer sure how to pronounce the name of this precocious plant. I used to think it was “call-ih-flower,” but lately I have been hearing people refer to it as “collie-flower.”

I was not sure which was correct, so I looked it up online and heard both pronunciations. Still confused, I turned to the Merriam-Webster website which for some strange reason has a page filled with 15 phrases that they claim rhyme with cauliflower. I’m not sure why they made such a list, but you can find it here.

In order to test their alleged rhymes, I am going to use several of them in a terrible poem and see how it works out. I am also adding a few of my own rhymes because I discovered that I enjoy thinking up rhymes to cauliflower.

One day while I was feeling melancholy and dour
(Some may even have called me sour)
I decided to use some motive power
And I took a walk over to the water tower
That’s where I noticed a lovely trumpet flower
But I also noticed that it was past the quarter hour
And since I could not get back to work in time without police power
I called in sick and walked over to happy hour
Where I enjoyed drinks and fried cauliflower
Until I had eaten too much and my stomach made a sound like “ow-ee-rowr”

Our researchers also dug up that the cauliflower is related to cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts, and is the sworn enemy of the rutabaga.

The rutabaga is a root vegetable, which is opposite of the cauliflower, and is a cross between the cabbage and the turnip. I cannot find any definitive proof that they are enemies, but I am pretty sure they don’t like each other.

One disconcerting fact we found about cauliflower is that there does not seem to be any candy cauliflower for sale this fall.

Another problem is that the flower heads on cauliflowers are sometimes refereed to as “curds.”  I don’t feel comfortable eating curds, as I hear they attract spiders to sit down beside you.

One interesting point about cauliflower is that the  brown spots on them apparently aren’t mold or bad spots, but are just signs of a soil deficiency from when the plant was growing, and they are fine to eat.

And if you are eating a cauliflower, you should know that you are eating a Super Food. It is considered as such because it has compounds that can prevent or fight cancer, improve heart health, fight off infections and even help with your brain function. I don’t understand how this could be, but I haven’t eaten cauliflower in a while, so maybe that’s why.

Finally, i was surprised to learn that a bite-sized piece of cauliflower is referred to as a caulifloweret.

Even more surprising is the fact that Merriam Webster also has a page devoted to phrases that rhyme with caulifloweret.

Their choices include:

  • Audio cassette
  • Fellow well met
  • Marie Antoinette

I would like to suggest:

  • “Scalding shower is wet”
  • “Paul needs a tourniquet”
  • “Ball is over the net”
  • and, of course, “Y’all see Howard’s jet?”

So what have we learned today?

Well, this Super Food that will make me smarter is actually a bunch of flowers with edible brown spots, the antonym of cauliflower should be rutabaga, and I definitely will spend a lot of time thinking up rhymes for this vivacious vegetable during my next hobby hour.


Do you have any cauliflower rhymes or thoughts about fantastic food? Feel free to comment below. Thanks!

6 thoughts on “It’s time we had a talk about cauliflower

  1. I’d like to offer a few words of caution regarding the noble cauliflower (or any of its little cauliflowerets). If anyone tries to tell you that mashed cauliflower is a fine (low carb, healthier) substitute for mashed potatoes, you tell them to go pound salt. It’s a LIE. Now, roasted rutabagas . . . . that’s another story altogether.

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      1. I LOVE cauliflower rice. It takes on the flavors cooked with it. I recommend making a traditional style fried rice (protein of choice, veggies, scrambled egg, if desired, and lots of freshly grated ginger, with low sodium soy and sesame oil for flavor and umami). YUM! And cauliflower pizza is not too bad (again, using the riced cauliflower). But trying to use it a substitute for mashed potatoes is where I get pretty riled up (as you already know from my previous comment).

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