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Cauliflower Cultivation: Multicolored Cauliflowers of Sundergarh

Dr. Lakshmi Unnithan
Dr. Lakshmi Unnithan
Multicoloured Cauliflowers of Sundergarh

Colourful Cauliflowers are in news since Pioneer and Kalinga reports about Ramachandra  Sahu, Harekrushna Sahu and one Uttam Kumar Sahu (works as  Village Agriculture Worker in Bonei)  in Bonei sub division of Sundargarh district who has been growing colour cauliflower this winter. They procured seeds from Bhubaneswar and had made nursery three months ago. After about four hundred seedlings came out from the seed, they had planted them in their field. They followed Organic methods of Cultivation and applied cow manure fertilizer and goat manure to the seedlings. 

Ramachandra, Harekrushna and Uttam are from one family and they are native of Talita village under Bonei block. They are very interested in cultivating these kinds of improved varieties and they cultivated Broccoli last year and were successful. This year about 7,000 cauliflowers were developed and they were two types of colour, yellow and purple. There are reports that the family is also taking the colourful cauliflowers to Bonei weekly haat and selling them at Rs 100 per kg.

Winter is the main season for cultivating cauliflowers. White headed varieties are predominantly grown but other colors of heads like purple, orange and green also exist. Berkeley wellness reports about the colourful varieties and their peculiarities. Orange Cauliflower is also known as Cheddar Cauliflower and the colour is due to a genetic mutation and holds more beta carotene than the usual ones. Orange Colour is a mutation that occurred in a cauliflower field in Canada. Purple cauliflower was first released in the late 20th century.

Purple cauliflower is referred as Sicilian Violet, Violet Queen, or Graffiti Cauliflower, and Anthocyanins and phytochemicals are responsible for purple cauliflower’s vibrant hue. Green Coloured one is a hybrid of Cauliflower and Broccoli. There are two variants available and one is shaped like a regular cauliflower and the other conical spiraling clusters of florets. They have more beta carotene than the orange one.

References: Berkeley Wellness, Pioneer

Images Courtesy: Kalinga TV

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