Using cauliflower leaves is a good excuse to avoid spending on expensive greens like kale.
Cauliflower is neglected in culinary circles outside of India and cauliflower leaves face even more discrimination. They are usually tossed aside or used for composting, but few people know that they can be an ingredient for a tasty side dish. Using cauliflower leaves is a good excuse to avoid spending on expensive greens like kale. It’s also a good way to get into the zero-waste habit. With campaigns like "Waste Not Want Not", the European Union has encouraged cooks to save over 300 million tons of food that’s less good-looking from going to waste every year.
Cauliflower leaves belong to the same family as broccoli, kale, cabbage, and brussel sprouts. They are a good source for fibre and vitamin C, and also contain vitamin A, folate, calcium, and potassium as well as selenium (which works to boost the immune system when coupled with Vitamin C).
British food writer, cookery teacher, and author of ‘Chilli & Mint: Indian Home Cooking from a British Kitchen' Torie True shares her recipe for wilted cauliflower leaves with chilli flakes, garlic and lemon juice.