Why is my cauliflower purple?

lilionMay 23, 2012

I know there is such a thing as purple cauliflower, but the thing is, I didn't plant purple cauliflower. I planted a six-pack of seedlings, and four are white. One is quite purple and one is kind of both purple and white spotty. So...is this normal? Better yet, is this edible? I'm trying to link to a shutterfly account, so hopefully you can find the photos and see them. The second photo is the normal plants.

Here is a link that might be useful: weird cauliflower

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Nurseries have been known to sell mislabeled plants. When the 6-packs were being assembled, you might have gotten one with mixed seedlings. Purple cauliflower is edible and is supposed to taste like white cauliflower. Tie up the leaves to keep your white cauliflower from turning yellowish.

Here is a link that might be useful: cauliflower

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 9:02PM
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AgtJenny24(7 NYC)

Yep, purple cauliflower exists, I've seen those seeds on Baker Creek Seeds...

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 9:40PM
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Good to know. Is purple cauliflower generally a looser head like these? They just don't look the same. I'll be tying them up today to keep them white! (Or purple.)

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 10:08AM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Check out this previous discussion on what causes white cauliflower to turn purple.


Here is a link that might be useful: Why is my cauliflower turning purple?

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 10:55AM
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Well that answers the question for sure! (I actually did search the forum for the answer before I posted, but didn't find that thread.) I haven't tied my leaves up, and yes, the white ones are yellowing so I really must get that done, but the ones that are purpling were the first to develop, were "wide open" with no leaves folded over them, and we had a lot of hot, sunny days right about the same time. So, tonight I put those leaves together and soon I will be eating fresh cauliflower! Thanks much all!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 12:48PM
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