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Behold the Orange...Cauliflower

According to Rosie Mestel of The Los Angeles Times scientists have unlocked the secret behind the orange in orange cauliflower. Check it out:
The gene enables the cauliflower to build up higher stores of beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A that gives carrots their distinctive hue. (Scientists have already figured out a way to engineer rice to be rich in beta-carotene, but that method's more cumbersome, involving several genes, and doesn't work in a lot of plants.) The original mutant orange cauliflower was discovered three decades ago in a farmer's field, according to a news release describing the finding, which was reported in the journal Plant Cell (which won't let you read all about it unless you pay, bah, humbug).
Okay, I’ve heard of purple cauliflower, but never orange. Here’s what one looks like:

And if you’re hungry more. Check out this article from Cornell University: Orange Cauliflower Developed at Cornell's Experiment Station is High in Vitamin A.
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Maya - June 6, 2007 12:47 PM

I saw these at - of all places - Super Wal-Mart this weekend. I was looking all around to see exactly what it could be, but didn't find any info or price. I was a bit afraid of it, so I left it on the shelf.

It sure is pretty.

Monty - June 7, 2007 2:09 PM

If you are looking for information about a strange-looking vegetable, try looking for it in a seed catalog. It may be a new hybrid or an heirloom variety.

Darcie - June 14, 2007 12:56 PM

Why would we want to buy this? It has to be genetically modified. Don't we get enough "fake" food as it is? I won't go near this one.

Dana - September 26, 2010 9:57 AM

Darcie...Actually, you're only half right--don't be so quick to judge. If you read the article quoted you'll see it was originally discovered in a Canadian marsh in 1970 or so. It has since been studied and re-created, but it did exist in nature first :-)

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