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THE DISH ON EATING LOCAL CAULIFLOWER

3 ways you can enjoy discovering local cauliflower in your area!

1. Find Cauliflower at your Local Market

Not only is eating local cauliflower good for you, they are also good for the environment, and taste so delicious! You can find cauliflower all across Arizona. Here are some of the local farmers markets where you can find cauliflower in your area.

Phoenix Public Market
Open since 2005, this open-air market transforms an urban parking lot in downtown Phoenix into a colorful bazaar. Get your fill of produce such as kale, pea shoots, potatoes, squash and cucumbers from growers such as AZ Living Greens, One Windmill Farm and Circle Key Farms. There’s also spicy sauce from Los Muertos Salsa; mesquite blossom honey from Sun Valley Bees and humane snacks from Fluffy Vegans. There are weekly cooking demonstrations, too.

Details: Saturday Morning 8AM TO 12PM – 721 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. – phxpublicmarket.com.

Vincent’s Saturday Market
James Beard Award-winning chef Vincent Guerithault’s influence touches every corner of this European-style market. Shop for buttery baked goods, imported olive oil, mustard and local produce from Duncan’s Trading Company. After browsing, dine on made-to-order omelets and crepes, pizzas, pastas and chocolate desserts. Wine and champagne are sold by the glass, bottle and case.

Details: Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through early May. 3930 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. vincentsoncamelback.com.

To see a whole list of local markets click here!

Recipes change all the time and viewers should check with all restaurants to find out what’s on the menu currently.  

2. Eat Cauliflower at your Local Restaurant

Many local restaurants endorse sourcing out some of the best ingredients, but do they use local ingredients? Here is one such restaurant we have discovered that uses local cauliflower in this wonderful dish by Chef Guido Saccone called Cauliflower Curried Soup. Below is the information to find out more on this location and restaurant.

Cibo Urban Pizzeria

Established in 2005.

Set in a restored 1913 bungalow, Cibo (pronounced “CHEE-boh”) has hardwood floors, exposed brick, a stained-glass panel and a fireplace to set the mood while revitalizing the downtown Phoenix area with beautiful salads, antipasto, artisanal pizzas and housemade fresh pasta. Now offering breakfast Sautrdays and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm!

Location: 603 N 5th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85003

Website: cibophoenix.com

To find more local restaurants sourcing local ingredients click here!

Recipes change all the time and viewers should check with all restaurants to find out what’s on the menu currently.  

3. Learn a Recipe to Make it Yourself

Want to discover how to make this local cauliflower dish? Watch the video on just how easy it is to bring Farm to your table.

Chef Guido Saccone and Michael Krassner's Cauliflower Curried Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, broken into small florets, stems chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons red Thai curry paste (depending how spicy you like it)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions or chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • pop corn
  • micro greens

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the cauliflower with enough oil to licoat it Roast until the tips of the cauliflower are golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the onion, salt and cook until the onion is translucent, . Add the curry paste and lemon zest stir to incorporate. Add the wine, and cook until most of the wine has evaporated.
  3. Add the roasted cauliflower stems and half of the florets to the pot. Add the vegetable broth, coconut milk. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  4. Continue cooking 5 to 10 more minutes.
  5. Let the soup cool for a few minutes, then carefully use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve in bowls and finish with popcorns, chopped basil and micro greens

The Dish Recommendation

Simple: I think the Whipped Cauliflower is too similar.  What do you think of the trend of using cauliflower as a rice substitute?  Of course we could slice and grill or just steam.

CAULIFLOWER 101

The Basics: Get to Know this Versatile Superfood

Cauliflower is widely acknowledged as being a superfood. It’s a close cousin of similar, leafy vegetables such as cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, collard greens, and cabbage. It offers a wide variety of health benefits; cauliflower is packed with several compounds that help ward off cancer and heart disease and improve blood pressure and kidney function. Commonly white, it also comes in orange, purple and green varieties, and is rich with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Like most vegetables, cauliflower needs at least six hours of full sun each day for optimum growth. It grows at its best in moist soil conditions cool and daytime temperatures of 70 to 85 degrees. In the northern hemisphere, planting cauliflower in July can enable harvesting before autumn frost.

While it’s commonly associated with a medical condition attributed to boxing, you know cauliflower has achieved pop culture cred when Buzzfeed has prepared a list of 23 Insanely Clever Ways To Eat Cauliflower Instead of Carbs. In fact, cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable, it can serve as the main ingredient for everything from pepperoni pizza and grilled cheese sandwiches to tortillas and nachos. The animated Fox sitcom “Bob’s Burgers” even gave cauliflower props with a reference to the artist-inspired Salvador Cauliflower Burger.

If you want to support good health along with your local community, you should make it a point to purchase locally-sourced vegetables like cauliflower. It’s easier than you may think to encourage a sustainable environment, as well as a strong economy. Your body will thank you, and so will Arizona’s farming community.

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