Families are being advised to pick up a cauliflower this week in a bid to prevent thousands being dumped. An early bumper ‘crop flush’ of caulis has left farmers struggling to find buyers for the home grown winter veg. Tesco has stepped in with an offer to buy an extra 220,000 surplus cauliflowers and is slashing the price from £1 to 79p to make them affordable.
However, unless families across the country make room for a cauliflower in their fridge and on the dinner table, huge numbers will be ploughed into the ground. The traditional veg is hugely versatile and the options go way beyond simply boiling it up or making a cauliflower cheese.
Some retailers have created cauliflower rice as a low card alternative to the real thing, others have provided thick slices as a vegetarian alternative to beefburgers. The veg can also be dressed with curry and other spices to bring new tastes and textures to the evening meal. Earlier this month, it was reported that a farm in Kent was being forced to dump £60,000 worth of the cauliflowers because it could not find a buyer. Some 40 acres of cauliflowers grown at a farm in Broadstairs, Kent, was set to go to waste while at the same time some retailers were selling imported crops from Spain.