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Harvesting cauliflower

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MDLady43 blog
Joined: 7/18/2007
Location: Maryland
Posts: 137
Posted: Jun/15/2009 2:03 PM PST

Hello,

I have a cauliflower curd about 3 inches wide so I have covered it with the leaves. How long does this process take before the fruit is mature enough to cut? This is my 1st time growing cauliflower.
fschukar
Joined: 7/08/2003
Location: West of Salem, OR on the W. edge of the Willamette
Posts: 123
Posted: Jun/15/2009 4:56 PM PST

Maximum size occurs when the curds "separate" from one another. While excellent tasting prior to that, that's when they're as big as they're going to get. You have to kind of keep an eye on them.
Because they have a tendency to all come on at once, I usually will pick a few early to eat and when they threaten to go to ruin, I pick, blanch, and freeze the rest.
Hope this helps.
Fritz
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