Purple Cauliflower Is Having a Moment, and You Should Cook With It ASAP

Purple cauliflower has been around for years, but it's becoming increasingly popular — and it's easy to see why. The vibrant color makes it look way more interesting than plain-old cauliflower, and it's the most eye-catching vegetable you'll find in the produce aisle. But what exactly is purple cauliflower, and is it any different than white cauliflower? Here's the deal with one of the trendiest foods of 2017.

Although it almost looks artificially dyed because it's so bright, rest assured, purple cauliflower is dyed naturally thanks to antioxidants called anthocyanins. The same antioxidants are found in other deeply colored foods like red cabbage, cherries, and blackberries. While the color is drastically different, the taste and texture isn't. You won't be able to tell any difference in taste between purple cauliflower and the regular cauliflower you've had before. We honestly see no reason to settle for regular cauliflower given the chance to choose its magical-looking counterpart; the purple veggie makes it even easier to eat the rainbow.

The coolest part is that purple cauliflower won't lose its color when cooked, and we've got the photos to prove it. You can treat purple cauliflower just as you would any other roasted vegetable, steamed vegetable, or sauteed vegetable. If you're suddenly feeling excited to find the closest grocery store that carries purple cauliflower — you can even find it at Trader Joe's — and need ideas for how to cook with it, keep reading for plenty of inspiration and recipe suggestions.

Mashed Purple Cauliflower and Seared Scallops

Mashed purple cauliflower looks gorgeous underneath seared scallops.

Purple Cauliflower Soup

Sub regular cauliflower for the purple kind, and make the prettiest cauliflower soup.

Brown Rice, Purple Cauliflower, and Corn

Roasted cauliflower instantly adds flavor to a side dish.

Green Salad With Purple Cauliflower

Top your favorite green salad with bright-purple cauliflower for a pop of color.

Sausage, Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, and Sauteed Kale

Serve steamed purple cauliflower with garlicky sauteed kale.

Roasted Salmon With Broccoli Purple Cauliflower

Throw the veggies on the same pan as the roasted salmon for a superquick dinner.

Noodles With Purple Cauliflower and Cabbage

Toss purple cauliflower into any noodle dish to make it heartier (and pretty enough to photograph).

Purple Cauliflower Hummus

Blend purple cauliflower into homemade hummus for a gorgeous purple hue.

Purple Cauliflower Pizza

Pull cauliflower double duty by making cauliflower crust pizza and topping it with diced purple cauliflower.

Now go forth and find your nearest purple cauliflower ASAP!