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Green, yellow and purple cauliflower in the shop window of a fruit and vegetable market

The favourite French chou-fleur is usually white, but in some markets you can find it in pretty colours. France is the 5th largest producer of cauliflower in the world.

Louis XIV and Louis XV were big cauliflower fans. In honour of the latter’s famous mistress, Mme du Barry, the chefs at Versailles invented potage à la du Barry (or potage dubarry, as it is better known now), made with cauliflower and potatoes cooked in chicken broth, with a big dollop of crème fraîche and topped with crispy croutons.


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Roger prat