The purple cauliflower is a cross between broccoli and cauliflower common.Purple cauliflower is rich in carotenoids and anthocyanins , which perform the function of antioxidants. Its use in the kitchen is very choreographic as it allows you to prepare side dishes, soups and purees with a characteristic violet color.
Purple cauliflower is a typically winter vegetable . It is rich in vitamin C and also provides our body with vitamin A, fiber, calcium, selenium and potassium. Selenium, together with vitamin C, is useful for strengthening the immune system . You can taste cooked or raw purple cauliflower.
Purple cauliflowers: properties
Cauliflower is rich in benefits for our body. It contains high levels of anthocyanins, a class of flavonoids that helps the body fight free radicals. Purple cauliflower is also a natural antioxidant : it acts on the aging processes of cells, delaying their degenerative effects. According to some studies, purple cauliflower also has anti-tumor power , thanks to its purifying , soothing properties and the presence of dietary friendly fiber . Purple cauliflower boosts the immune system and brings benefits to the bones thanks to its contribution in terms of mineral salts, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, which help prevent osteoporosis and strengthen bones. The high presence of amino acids makes purple cauliflower an ally for those suffering from high blood pressure.
Containing sulfur, it is considered a natural antiseptic : it helps remission of infections and viruses and accelerates the healing process from wounds and colds. Finally, it is rich in beta carotene, which makes it a powerful antioxidant. Like common cauliflower, purple cauliflower is also a decidedly light but very nutritious vegetable: 100 grams of purple cauliflower equals just 25 calories.
Purple cauliflowers: how to cook them
Purple cauliflower is excellent in the oven or au gratin. To cook it in the oven, it must be cleaned, washed and boiled: 30 minutes are enough for a blanched fast. Let it drain and cool, in the meantime we butter a baking sheet and adjust the temperature to 120 degrees. We lay the purple cauliflower slices, add salt and pepper and add spices to our liking. For the grated purple cauliflower we must follow the same procedure but when cooking it in the oven we must cover it with flaky Parmesan cheese.