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Cauliflower Trivia Quiz Questions About the Vegetable

Cauliflower trivia questions with answers.


Cauliflower Trivia Quiz Questions About the Vegetable

What is cauliflower?
A: Cauliflower is one of several vegetables in the species Brassica oleracea, in the family Brassicaceae.

It is an annual plant that reproduces by what method?
A: Seed.

Typically, only what part of the plant is eaten?
A: The head.

The cauliflower head is composed of a what?
A: A white inflorescence meristem.

Cauliflower heads resemble those in what green vegetable?
A:  Broccoli, which differs in having flower buds.

Where does cauliflower get its name?
A: From Latin caulis (cabbage) and flower.

Brassica oleracea also includes what?
A: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, and kale.


What are four major groups of cauliflower?
A: Italian, Northern European annuals, Northwest European biennial, and Asian

Italian cauliflower is the ancestral form from which what?
A: The other groups were derived.

Northern European annual are used in Europe and North America for what?
A: Summer and fall harvest.

When was it developed in Germany?
A: In the 18th century.

It is used where?
A: It’s used in Europe for winter and early spring harvest.

Where was Northwest European biennial developed?
A: In France in the 19th century.

Asian is a tropical cauliflower used in what countries?
A: China and India.


Where was it was developed?
A: In India during the 19th century from the now-abandoned Cornish type.

How many historic and current commercial varieties of cauliflower are being used around the world?
A: Hundreds.

A comprehensive list of about 80 North American varieties is maintained where?
A: At North Carolina State University.

Orange cauliflower contains 25% more “what" than white varieties?
A: Vitamin A.

This trait came from a natural mutant found in a cauliflower field in what country?
A: Canada.

Green cauliflower, of the B. oleracea botrytis group, is sometimes called what?
A: Broccoflower.

 It is available both with the normal curd shape and a variant spiky curd called what?
A: Romanesco broccoli.


Both types have been commercially available in the U.S. and Europe since when?
A: The early 1990s.

The purple color in purple cauliflower is caused by the presence of what antioxidant group?
A: Anthocyanins, which can also be found in red cabbage and red wine.

Cauliflower is low in fat, low in carbohydrates but high in what?
A: Dietary fiber, folate, water, and vitamin C, possessing a high nutritional density.

Cauliflower contains several phytochemicals, common in the cabbage family, that what?
A: Might be beneficial to human health.

Cauliflower can be roasted, boiled, fried, steamed, or eaten how?
A: Raw.

When cooking, what are removed and discarded?
A: The outer leaves and thick stalks.

The leaves are also edible, but are most often what?
A: Discarded.


The florets should be broken into similar-sized pieces so they are what?
A: Cooked evenly.

After eight minutes of steaming, or five minutes of boiling, the florets should what?
A: They should be soft, but not mushy.

Low carbohydrate dieters can use cauliflower as a reasonable substitute for what?
A: Potatoes or rice.

The oldest record of cauliflower dates back to when?
A: The 6th century B.C. Pliny wrote about it in the 2nd century.


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