Cauliflower

 
Cauliflower 

Kingdom: Plantae

Division:Magnoliophyta

Class:    Magnoliopsida

Order:       Capparales

Family:       Cruciferae

Genus:        Sparassis

This terminal mass of greatly thickened and partially developed flower heads, cluster together to form a firm, succulent curd perfect for soups on cold rainy nights.  A steaming bowl of the creamed variety, cupped in two hands, can smell like heaven and warms the soul to its core.  Left overnight and uncovered, a thick viscous odour can permeate from kitchen to house and clothes – a smell you can only disengage with plenty of airing.  We always knew it was cauliflower season from the smell left over from the strongly colourful pee which emanates a vascular viscosity.  We preferred broccoli over cauliflowers any day in my household. 
   

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