Broccoli vs. Cauliflower: How Different Are They?
AUGUST 11, 2022
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One could argue that broccolis and cauliflowers are similar, especially with regards to how they look (visible color differences aside)! But are they really that closely interchangeable? 



- They belong to the same plant family: Brassicaceae, which includes cabbage, kale, and Brussel sprouts.

- Both are abundant in protein, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants.

- Both fall under the umbrella of "Clean Fifteen". 

- They make a wide range of dishes. Both can be consumed raw, steamed, sautéed, grilled, or roasted.

- Both contain raffinose, a carbohydrate that our bodies lack the enzyme needed to break down, which can result in bloating and gas (whoops!). 



- Although from the same family, broccoli is a member of the Italica cultivar group while cauliflower is part of the Botrytis cultivar group.

- Broccoli is a biennial plant while cauliflower is an annual plant.

-  Broccoli has a much more pronounced earthy taste while cauliflower is nutty, subtly sweet and considerably milder. 

- Broccoli contains more calories, folate, and manganese (which improves bone density) as well as vitamins A, C, and K.

- Cauliflower is more versatile and a good substitute for specific grains to make low-carb pizza crusts, rice meals, tortillas, and pasta.

- Cauliflower contains beta-carotene (which is beneficial for healthy hair) and omega-3 fatty acids (which is necessary for muscle growth). 

- Only the cauliflower's head is edible while for broccoli, the edible part is the flower bud.


While these two vegetable have a few differences especially when it comes to nutritional contents, they're both equally delicious and needed for a well-rounded diet!





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