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Is Cauliflower a Flower?

By Tom Midford

Roasted Cauliflower Recipe


1 (2-pound) head cauliflower

3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, melted

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. STEP 1 Heat oven to 400°F.

  2. STEP 2 Bring large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Remove leaves and core cauliflower, leaving stem intact. Place into boiling water; cook 6 minutes. Place cauliflower into 10-inch cast iron skillet, stem-side up.

  3. STEP 3 Combine remaining ingredients except parsley in small bowl. Brush half of mixture on inside of cauliflower. Turn cauliflower over; brush remaining butter mixture over cauliflower.

  4. STEP 4 Bake 40-50 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with parsley.

Fun Facts

  • Cauliflower is literally a flower.

  • Before it grows its head, cauliflower resembles its relative the collard.

  • The category of vegetables cauliflowers belong to is known as the crucifers.

  • The cauliflower’s head is known as the curd.


  1. O’Lakes, L. (2022, October 14). Roasted Cauliflower. Land O’Lakes.

  2. Real Food Encyclopedia - Cauliflower. (2018, October 31). FoodPrint.

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