Cauliflower has grown in popularity as more diners seek plant-based alternatives to favorite dishes. Cauliflower rice, steaks, buffalo wings and tacos are common options found on menus. Cooking techniques include steaming, grilling, roasting, braising and pickling
Cauliflower is in the same plant family as broccoli. The reason for its unusual white color is that the leaves of the plant shield the florets from the sun (and consequently chlorophyll) as they grow. Raw cauliflower is slightly sulfurous and faintly bitter in flavor but once cooked, it transforms to a sweet and milky, almost nutty flavor.