valerie1 Posts: 14
in Fruit & veg
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.
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.
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 ...
I don't grow them now either, may as well buy one, we dont eat many in a week.
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!
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
I love cauliflower cheese!!!
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