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Broccoli vs. Cauliflower

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What's the difference between these similar vegetables?

Broccoli and cauliflower are so similar in how they look and how they grow. Heck, they're even often served together. So, it's easy to see why people may think of cauliflower as a "white broccoli." While they do have a lot in common with each other, they are two completely different vegetables.


Broccoli and cauliflower are so similar in how they look and how they grow. Heck, they're even often served together. So, it's easy to see why people may think of cauliflower as a "white broccoli." While they do have a lot in common with each other, they are two completely different vegetables.




The two cruciforous vegetables are in the same family, and they have some striking similarities in how they look, both as a plant and when harvested. Their preferred growing climates and maturity time is about the same. In addition, they contain some of the same nutritional structure, both high in vitamin C and fiber. Broccoli also contains vitamin A, which cauliflower does not. But, cauliflower is lower in calories than broccoli.

As for looks, both veggies have tightly bunched florets growing from a central stem. If you look closely, you'll see that broccoli's florets are spread out, while cauliflower's are very tightly bunched. When it comes to taste, both absorb flavors from other foods well so they're just about interchangeable in recipes. On their own, broccoli has a stronger, greener flavor, while cauliflower is more delicate.

If you can't decide between broccoli or cauliflower, try broccoflower--a hybrid between the two vegetables that combines flavors and nutrients from both. While its main structure is similiar to either broccoli or cauliflower, the color is a light bright green, and the clustered heads have an unusual shape.

 
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