Cauliflower

Although its origin is unknown, cauliflower was probably first eaten in Asia Minor, subsequently becoming popular in the Mediterranean region around 600 AD. In its early stages, cauliflower resembles broccoli, as they are closely related. While broccoli opens outward to sprout bunches of green florets, cauliflower forms a compact head of undeveloped white flower buds. The heavy green leaves surrounding the head protect the flower buds from the sunlight, making it impossible for chlorophyll to develop, and cauliflower consequently remains white. Louis XIV of France served cauliflower at Vers..

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