Cauliflower is a cruciferous plant, similar to Brussels sprouts and broccoli. It is better left until your baby’s digestive system has matured a little before introducing it, as it often causes wind and tummy discomfort. Around 10 months is a good age – especially if baby has experienced digestive difficulties with other foods.
When you do introduce cauliflower, its delicate taste and texture will be well-received, and baby will be getting much valuable nutrition.
Cauliflower is good for baby (and you):
Cauliflower is a very rich source of vitamins A and C, and is full of phytochemicals, which research indicates as helpful in preventing diseases such as cancer. Cauliflower also contains calcium – important for strong bones and teeth.
Hints on buying and storing:
- Look for a shop where cauliflower leaves are left on – leaves protect delicate white florets (curds) from damage and mould.
- If leaves have been removed, check for signs of browning on the cut edge – this indicates how long the cauliflower has been on the shelf.
- Small ones are no more nutritious or tasty than large ones.
- Store, lightly covered in a plastic bag, in the refrigerator.
- Use within 2 or 3 days.
- Keep a whole cauliflower stem-down to drain excess moisture.
- Frozen cooked cauliflower is often watery when defrosted – though this no problem.
Tips on cooking:
- To retain the most nutrients, cauliflower is best steamed.
- Baking or roasting (with a little water, or combined in a casserole) are the next best options.
- Wash well and steam whole, or cut into separate florets.
- Do not over-cook cauliflower, as it will be too soft – and may taste bitter.
Ideas for ways of including cauliflower in your baby’s meals:
- Mix with apple puree.
- Combine with cooked green beans, broccoli, courgette (zucchini), white potato, or peas.
- Add to cooked dried beans, lentils or brown rice.
- Add to chicken, pork or beef dishes.
Please remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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