Homegrown Hillsborough: Cauliflower
January's harvest: Cauliflower
When is fresh Hillsborough County cauliflower available at local groceries and farm stands?
November through April
What type of cauliflower is grown commercially here?
White-head type for the fresh market
Where is cauliflower most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?
South Hillsborough County
How many acres are planted in cauliflower?
How much cauliflower is harvested in Hillsborough County?
85,000 cartons, worth about $1 million
Fun fact: Cauliflower - yes, it actually is a flower - is a trendy food. Like eggplant, beans, and other versatile vegetables, it has a "meaty" texture and is delicious grilled or battered. It also can stand in as a mashed potato substitute, or be crushed to make gluten-free dough.
Local insight: The largest cauliflower grower east of the Mississippi River is in Hillsborough County.