What to Look For
Similar to broccoli, heads should be firm to moderate hand pressure with compact curds. Loose curds with a "ricy" appearance are an indication of an over matured vegetable and rock hard curds are an indication of an immature vegetable. Some cauliflower will have a bronzed look as if it had a tan. This means the plant was not "blanched" during growing - a process where the leaves are tied over the curds to protect them from sun exposure.
- 95 - 98% Relative Humidity
Cauliflower should not be stored for more than 3 weeks. Wilting, browning, and decay are likely to increase beyond 3 weeks or if stored at higher temperatures.
Response to Ethylene
Cauliflower is highly sensitive to ethylene. The curd will turn yellow and the leaf stalks will fall off.