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Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for March 28, 2010

The milky sweet, almost nutty flavor of Cauliflower is best when the florets are at their freshest – and when it comes to Cauliflower, the whiter the florets, the fresher the product. Cauliflower florets, the part of the plant that we typically eat, are the undeveloped flower buds of the Cauliflower plant. They are white because they lack the green chlorophyll found in other members of the cruciferous family of vegetables (like broccoli, cabbage and kale) to which the Cauliflower belongs.

Modern Cauliflower is descended from an ancient form of cabbage found in Asia Minor. It is likely that it originally resembled kale or collards, but many transformations led to the modern plant we recognize today. Cauliflower has been an important vegetable in Turkey and Italy since at least 600 B.C. and plays a prominent role in the regional cuisines of the entire Mediterranean. Today, it is grown and consumed throughout the world. Fresh, locally-grown and pesticide-free Cauliflower is available at all three Certified Farmers’ Market locations.

Did you know: Like other cruciferous vegetables, Cauliflower contains a number of compounds which appear to help prevent and/or suppress cancer, and detoxify the liver (which in turn increases the liver’s ability to neutralize potentially toxic substances in the body). It is currently the subject of a number of medical research projects aimed at understanding both the compounds and their properties.

Price: $1.50 lb and up.

Sidebar:

The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in three locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:

- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.

- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.

- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Visitor Center, 72-567 Highway 111.

The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.

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