Purple of Sicily Cauliflower

75-85 days. Visually showy and creatively compelling, Purple of Sicily has plump, tightly compacted, brilliant purple heads. This coveted Italian heirloom weighs in at two to three pounds with a sweet flavor and just a hint of the characteristic Brassica tang. Turning green once cooked, Purple of Sicily grows best in cooler fall weather (or very early spring) which helps to develop and hold its color. (OP.)

One packet of about 175 seeds
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Cauliflowers are a popular subject for painters, potters and tapestry makers all over the world, and are no less charming in the potager garden. This Brassica is a heavy feeder and likes sweet soil; plant in soil that is rich in organic matter, adding dolomite lime as needed. Best grown as transplants: start seed indoors 8 weeks before transplanting into the garden (2 weeks prior to the last spring frost date or in early summer for fall harvest). Harvest Cauliflower while the buds are tightly closed, using a large sharp blade to cut it off at ground level. One of our favorite comfort foods is steamed Cauliflower lightly baked with a soul-warming, white cheese sauce with a healthy dose of freshly grated nutmeg. Yum. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 3 years.
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