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Am looking for advice here please.

My cauliflowers have been a bit hit or miss this year. They are Mayflower from Marshalls. They are tending to go pinkish on the surface but when i cut into them in the kitchen they are often disgusting - black discoloration and not edible even after a good soak and wash.

Is it the weather, an infestation or me?

Thanks for reading.

Val

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,558

    I don't think they are easy to grow, I had a similar problem, don't know what but I am sure someone will know.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,085

    Somewhere in the deep recesses of my brain something is saying discoloured cauli curds and rotting inside the stems can be caused by boron deficiency.

    Goodness knows how that information got there - I don't grow cauliflowers although when I was a child our neighbours grew cauliflowers commercially ... image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 18,558

    I don't grow them now either, may as well buy one, we dont eat many in a week.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    They are very expensive to buy we only have them if they've reduced if I could I would grow themimage
  • Thank you folks for your messages and help.

    Yes, they are expensive to buy but i do like a cauli now and again. So think about Boron and also a sunscreen for them. They go pale pink when almost newly grown so i shall have to grab them more quickly rather than hope they will grow bigger.

    As well as putting my query on line i also sent Marshalls a couple of photos of the appearance of the top and underside of the caulis. They came back today saying that they have "gone over" and that i should have harvested them sooner. 

    The good news from the Brassica cage is that the Brussels are doing ok as pea sized buds - but they are coming! Hurray!

    Thanks again - great result on my query. Val

  • When i prepared the cauli for dinner last night i discovered two small lodgers! There were tiny snails living deep inside ...

    We ate about one third of their home and No i didn't mention the previous lodgers to my other half! image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,085

    I'm blaming you and all this cauli chat - I've just been to the farm shop and we're having cauliflower cheese for supper with our sausages image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • I love cauliflower cheese!!!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,085

    So do I - the cauli has been steamed, the cheese sauce has been made ... I'll put them together and  pop them in the oven with some lovely butcher's sausages about 5.30 image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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