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Cauliflower, Brassica oleracea var. botrytis / Cruciferae (Brassicaceae)
Benefits for the health
The cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and is a good source of folate. A ration of 125 g provides 100% of the daily vitamin C consumption recommended and at least 10% of folate. Folate is important for the normal development of the cells and it is stated that a high consumption is important to have a healthful pregnancy and to protect against cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects from some types of cancer, at the same time that intensifies the immunological functions. The cauliflower is a source of potassium and fiber and is low in calories. The vegetables belonging to the Cruciferous family contain a " cocktail" of compounds called phytochemicals, which protect against several types of cancer.
Popular tradition
The cauliflower is a culture known from the old times. Nevertheless, before it was used for cooking it was intended for medicinal aims to treat several diseases, like diarrea or headache.

Sometimes, its leaves are boiled to use them as a remedy for hoarseness and inflammations of the bronchial mucous membrane. Besides, it is rich in sulfur, so this boiling is also beneficial for the intestine.
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