Reliable sure-heading strain. Large, solid, snowy white 6-7″ diameter heads, well protected by the outer wrapper leaves. Keep cauliflower well watered throughout the growing season for best results and make sure to plant on your best soil.
Cauliflower Snowball Seeds History
Cauliflower Snowball Seeds plants were introduced by Peter Henderson and Company in the United States in 1888 where it became a popular varietal due to its beautiful, tightly formed heads and early harvest. The plants sport smooth 6- to 7-inch heads with compact white curds that are crisp, yet tender. Early Snowball variety (Brassica oleracea) grows well in most climates; however, it thrives in cooler weather, making it the perfect varietal for growing in my neck of the woods, the Pacific Northwest. It is well adapted for forcing or over wintering for early crops in warmer climes.
Growing Snowball Cauliflower
If you are lacking an extremely long growing season, Early cauliflower Snowball seeds needs to be started indoors. Start seeds 4-6 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Plant the seeds ¼ inch deep and provide them with bottom heat and an overhead grow light while keeping the soil moist. Germination should occur between 8-10 days. Harden off the seedlings prior to transplanting by placing them for short increments of time outside, gradually extending the exposure from a few hours to a full day and then overnight.
Transplant 12 weeks before the average first fall frost so the heads will mature during cooler temperatures. If sowing directly outdoors, sow 1-2 weeks before the average last frost in your region in warm climates, or 10-12 weeks before the first fall frost. Sow seed in the early fall for winter harvest in USDA zone 8 or warmer. Thin the seedlings when they are 2 inches tall
Preserving And Storing Cauliflower
Choose compact heads. Trim o leaves and cut each head into pieces about 1 inch across. If necessary to remove insects, soak for 30 minutes in a solution of salt and water (4 teaspoons salt per 1 gallon water). Drain. Water blanch for 3 minutes in water containing 4 teaspoons salt per 1 gallon water. Cool promptly, drain and pack into airtight freezer containers, leaving no head space. Seal, label, date and freeze. Use frozen cauliflower within 8 to 12 months for best quality. Alternatively, freeze individual owerets on cookie sheets or trays, transfer frozen owerets to freezer bags, remove air, seal, label and freeze.
A quick roast in the oven is all the cauliflower needs to soften and slightly caramelize before getting topped with tomato sauce and a mix of mozzarella and pecorino cheeses.
Cauliflower snowball seeds are very low in calories yet high in vitamins. It has high amounts of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidants. Also, well-known for its anti-inflammatory effects that may boost immune health and reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Cauliflower is high in fiber (aiding in weight loss) and contains almost every mineral and vitamin that you need. Now, while cauliflower does contain lots of goodness. Too much cauliflower can cause gassiness and bloating. So just be aware of portion control.
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