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Cauliflower Is it bad?

sgschef Oct 10, 2013 03:58 PM

Have a cauliflower which has started to get brown/black spots on the outside. What is this? What causes this? And most important--can it still be eaten?

  1. Becca Porter Oct 10, 2013 04:04 PM

    If it's not too bad you can just trim it off.

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    1. re: Becca Porter
      Cherylptw Oct 10, 2013 04:13 PM


    2. paulj Oct 10, 2013 04:18 PM

      It's called curd discoloration


      1. chefj Oct 10, 2013 04:58 PM

        You can eat it with out any ill effect, but don't expect much in the way of taste and texture.

        1. Scoutmaster Oct 10, 2013 05:09 PM

          Trim it off and make soup.

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          1. re: Scoutmaster
            hotoynoodle Oct 10, 2013 06:01 PM

            or low-carb "faux mashed potatoes".

            1. re: hotoynoodle
              treb Oct 11, 2013 11:27 AM

              Blend in some Gruyere, yum.

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            Harters Oct 11, 2013 01:52 PM

            It's just started to go mouldy.

            Cut off the brown bits and eat the rest as you'd planned

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            1. re: Harters
              paulj Oct 11, 2013 06:31 PM

              I suspect these spots have more in common with brown and wilted edges of cut lettuce, than mold. There are various enzymatic reactions when plant cells are damaged, generating new compounds. Some even claim that those compounds are nutritious. That white cauliflower is rather low in phytonutrients because it has been protected from the sun - and bred to be pretty, not nutritious.


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