Purple cauliflower is similar to white cauliflower in appearance, but the name gives away its main difference. The vibrant purple color not only adds beauty but nutrition as well. The purple hue is a result of flavonoids and vitamins.
Purple cauliflower is a low calorie vegetable containing only 25 calories for 100 g. For the 100 g serving, purple cauliflower offers 0 g of fat, 5 g of carbohydrates, 2 g of fiber, 2 g of sugar and 2 g of protein. In addition, this same 100 g will satisfy 100 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C.
Although white cauliflower is in the same family as cabbage, the purple cauliflower is actually in the same family as broccoli, the brassica family. The purple cauliflower grows outward and produces bunches of florets, like broccoli. These plants need rich soil, lots of moisture and moderate temperatures. Weather below 25 degrees Fahrenheit or above 75 degrees Fahrenheit does not bode well for the purple cauliflower. You can expect to wait about 80 or 90 days after you plant the seeds before this vegetable is table ready.
The purple hue of this vegetable is due to anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are antioxidant flavonoids that belong to the group of phenolic antioxidants. Anthocyanins are also found in red cabbage, red wine and blueberries. This flavonoid holds potential health benefits, including the ability to help stabilize capillary walls. Weak capillary walls allow toxic substances to permeate into cells, which can be detrimental to the entire body.
For every 100 g of purple cauliflower, you receive 12 g of fiber. This makes the purple cauliflower a good choice when trying to improve digestive processes or waste elimination. Dietary fiber is important to overall health because it helps to keep you feeling full longer, and can even benefit your weight loss goals. The recommended daily intake of fiber each day is 25 to 30 g and 100 g of purple cauliflower will take care of almost half of that.
Vitamins and Minerals
Purple cauliflower contains important vitamins and minerals for overall health. In 100 g of purple cauliflower, you receive over 100 percent of the recommended daily values, or DV, of vitamin C. In addition, you get 25 percent DV of vitamin K, 14 percent DV of folate and 11 percent DV of vitamin B6. Purple cauliflower also offers 12 percent DV of manganese and 9 percent DV of potassium.