February 12, 2014
As my cauliflower season draws to a close maybe yours is yet to come. Purple cauliflower was one of my novelty crops this winter. I chuckled as I read this description of my ‘Graffiti’ cauliflower from the Fedco catalog. Maybe you’ll decide to grow it this year.
Graffiti Cauliflower (80 days) F-1 hybrid. As if aliens had landed in the cauliflower patch, the brilliant—almost psychedelic—purple of these good-sized heads is decidedly other-worldly. It will surely draw customers to your market display and keep them lingering. Much brighter purple than #3421 Violet Queen, Graffiti boasts a true cauliflower head on large plants with dark green leaves. Resists summer heat and performs even in drought, but very slow to head up in cool weather. Day-glo florets make delightful crudités, a delicious cooked vegetable or colorful kimchi. The color fades to bluish-purple when cooked, but can be preserved by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to the cooking water.