colored cauliflower, cauliflower forest, natural food dyes, beetroot dye, onion skin dye, turmeric powder

1. Gather the ingredients

  • 1 cauliflower head
  • 2 tbsp of turmeric powder
  • a bunch of beetroot leaves
  • onion skin
  • water
  • a few drops of vinegar

colored cauliflower, cauliflower forest, natural food dyes, beetroot dye, onion skin dye, turmeric powder

2. Take off the florets

Gently remove the florets from the cauliflower head.

colored cauliflower, cauliflower forest, natural food dyes, beetroot dye, onion skin dye, turmeric powder

3. Prep the dyes

Use one bowl per dye. Place roughly chopped onion skin in one, chopped beetroot leaves in another, and two spoonfuls of turmeric powder in a third bowl. Pour boiling water inside each one. Leave for about two hours, stirring occasionally.

colored cauliflower, cauliflower forest, natural food dyes, beetroot dye, onion skin dye, turmeric powder

4. Take out the leaves and skin

Take out the leaves and onion skin, leaving the colored water inside the bowl.

colored cauliflower, cauliflower forest, natural food dyes, beetroot dye, onion skin dye, turmeric powder

5. Dip in the florets

Put some florets inside each bowl and add a few drops of vinegar to help the pigments fix. Leave overnight stirring occasionally.

colored cauliflower, cauliflower forest, natural food dyes, beetroot dye, onion skin dye, turmeric powder

6. Serve

Drain and use for salads or warm up and serve with a mix of seeds, a pinch of salt and extra virgin olive oil as a side dish.

Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitots

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