Cauliflower is harvested when the vegetable is big enough and ready, but how do we know when that time is? This is a common question, especially for those who are confronted with this culture for the first time.
Let’s remember that at the end of summer we prepare the nurseries and start to plant cauliflower in the following weeks, because it is one of those cultures which what to plant in fall. Although there are also some varieties of this plant that can be planted in the spring.
When to Harvest Cauliflower
There are different varieties of this crop (white, purple, Jaffa, green, Romanesco, etc.), so knowing when to harvest cauliflower is not always easy. Although the average is 5-6 months, or around 150-180 days in the case of white cauliflower, there are varieties that can take around 3 months or 90 days and others up to 9 months.
In our case it is between 5 and 6 months. We will also see other things to know if he is ready to collect. The first is that the size of it has a diameter of approximately between 15 and 25 centimeters, although in an urban garden it may be a little smaller than this diameter.
The important thing is to detect that the coin has stopped growing, a sign that it is already at its peak.
Another way to tell when it’s time to pick cauliflower from the garden is that it’s hard. We verify this by touch.
And the last thing we have to check to know that we are at the perfect time to harvest is to check that the vegetable is compacted, because when it starts to sprout, to flower, its texture changes.
How to Harvest Cauliflower
The way we collect cauliflower, as seen in the following video, is very simple. There are two ways to do this.
The first is when we are going to consume it soon. We remove the lower leaves and with a very sharp knife we make a transverse cut of about 45 degrees.
If, on the other hand, we are going to store them, like when we have the whole harvest at once, what we will do is remove the whole plants. We carefully remove them with their roots to store them in a dark place to preserve them and prevent them from flowering. They can be eaten little by little, since they last about 15 or 20 days longer this way.
To avoid that the whole harvest has to be done at the same time and precisely the latter happens to us, I always recommend planting them in a staggered way, that is to say little by little and not all at the same time.
This way we will always have fresh cauliflower to prepare wonderful dishes.
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