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Introducing… CAULILINI® baby cauliflower

Caulilini SweetStem Cauliflower

July 2018

It’s not often you get to introduce a vegetable variety to the country that makes people gasp.

Mann Packing did it 20 years ago with BROCCOLINI® baby broccoli, one of our most-beloved products. And look at it now: from fine dining to Chick-Fil-A to grocery stores everywhere, the name itself is so common that most people don’t realize we own the trademark to it.

Today, we’re all aflutter here at Mann’s over the newest member of the family: CAULILINI® baby cauliflower. We’ve been doing field trials with Aruba Seed Company for almost 2 years, teasing out seed spacing and other growing conditions to yield the best shape, color and flavor. The result: a cauliflower variety with blonde florets, elegant green stalks and a sweetly succulent flavor that knocks your socks off both raw and cooked.

Caulilini is similar to Broccolini in terms of its open floret structure and long edible stem. But it’s different in other ways. Unlike BROCCOLINI® baby broccoli, which is a hybrid of broccoli and Chinese kale (gai lan), CAULILINI® baby cauliflower is 100% cauliflower. It also grows in heads, not single stalks. The resulting florets offer variation in shape and size that also set it apart from Broccolini. One feature that both vegetables have in common though: pure deliciousness.

Caulilini - Chefs panel

Last fall, the new product team here at Mann’s brought our Chef Panel together to see what they thought of it.

We sent them CAULILINI® baby cauliflower samples to cook with beforehand, and when we met, their responses to it were pretty unanimous: “When can I put this on my menu??”


Caulilini on Social Media

With its sweet, slightly nutty flavor and ombre coloring (the stem turns bright green when cooked while the florets stay light), CAULILINI® baby cauliflower brings the Wow Factor. One of our favorite ways to cook it is grilled, but it’s also delicious sautéed with plenty of garlic, roasted, or even raw as a unique addition to a crudité platter.

Now, before you run out to your nearest grocery store to buy it, know this. At the moment, CAULILINI® baby cauliflower is only available to our foodservice customers. So keep an eye out for it at your favorite dinning spot or watering hole, take a picture of it, and send us a note letting us know what you think.

We’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.



  • Ruth Summersides says:

    A I loveBroccolini so look forward to the new Caulini. Yum, yum, but no doubt ut will take ages to get to Canada.
    Best regards

    • Loree Dowse says:

      Hi Ruth – we’ve actually had quite a bit of buzz from Canada, so maybe it will get to you sooner than you think! All the best, Loree

  • John Leonard says:

    I am an ex employee of Sysco in the Seattle Market and am still able to buy with my employee number. Wondering what the pack size is going to be.

  • Edward Szczerba says:

    We love all of your products!! Especially the broccolini and the power blends as well as the broccoli slaw! Is there a chance we can get coupons?? Much appreciated!! 😊

  • carol a sanders says:

    rush it out, and always tell us the chain that handles your products. so little time, you many choices!!! carol

  • Cay Ginex says:

    When will Caulilini be available in New Jersey and where? Can’t wait to try it.

    • Loree Dowse says:

      Hi Cay – it is available to our foodservice distributors on the East Coast, so look for it at your local restaurants. Enjoy! Loree

  • Sophia arain says:

    Where can I buy it . I live in seattle.

  • Marilee Godsil says:

    Illinois and Iowa want to devour it, too. Is it coming to us?

    • Loree Dowse says:

      Coming soon – check your local restaurant menus as we’re only selling to our foodservice customers at the moment. -Loree

  • Kathi King says:

    Just had some with dinner at Seasons 52 – loved it! I snapped a picture because it was just so pretty. How do I send it to you though? No way to upload a photo here.

  • Ivy Ginsberg says:

    I had Caulini at Seasons 52last night. It was so excellent. I took some home from other peoples dinners(family) and just ate it for lunch with leftover spinach and gorgonzola and pear salad.

    Thank you for a new awesome vegetable. I will look of it in the market to make at home

  • Lisa B. says:

    We had this at Seasons 52 and it was fantastic! It was prepared with a light lemon taste and was so good I could’ve made a meal out of it! I was looking online to see where I could buy it, so sad that it’s not available in groceries yet. Can’t wait until it’s available locally.

    • Loree Dowse says:

      Hi Lisa – I’m so glad you liked it. We’re working on a retail pack at the moment, so stay tuned. All the best, Loree

  • Mary Bowman says:

    When will it be available to retail customers in the Portland, Oregon area?

    • Loree Dowse says:

      Hi Mary – we’re working on a retail pack right now. It will be out some time in 2019. We’ll keep you posted! Cheers, Loree

  • Kathleen Gagliano says:

    Oh my goodness…my bf and I had it at a new local restaurant “The Blue Horse”. It looked different… pretty actually and one bite and we were hooked. Our very knowledgeable server explained what it was. Hope it’ll be available in stores soon!

    • Loree Dowse says:

      Kathleen – it’s a winner, right? I’m glad to hear your server did such a good job educating you a your friend about it. All the best, Loree

  • Barbara says:

    We had it last night at a restaurant in DC and loved it!!! Finding now that it is not yet available in grocery or specialty markets. Do you have an ETA?

    • Loree Dowse says:

      Hi Barbara – I’m so glad you liked it! We are working on a pack for retail right now. No set dates yet, but definitely some time in 2019. We’ll keep you posted. Best, Loree

  • Laura says:

    Can’t wait to buy this for home use. I had it at the Magic Castle in Hollywood last night and seriously thought it was part of the magic. Couldn’t wait to come home and google it. They have a strict policy of “no photography” so couldn’t get any foodporn of it but it was gorgeous along side a gorgeous piece of salmon!

  • Gale C says:

    I can’t wait to cook this at home! Going back to Seasons 52 for more. It was soooo good!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I had this delicious vegetable “Caulilini “ over risotto with grilled scallops at Seasons 52. It made for an elegant presentation on the plate and tasted fabulous!! I too am disappointed that my local Whole Foods doesn’t carry it. I’ll be on the lookout though!!

    • Loree Dowse says:

      Hi Elizabeth – we’re so glad to hear you like it as much as we do! It should be in the prepared foods sections at Whole Foods, not the produce section. Let us know if you find it. -Loree

  • Lawrence says:

    Just roasted some and it’s delicious! I found it at Eataly here in NYC and had to try it! Looking forward to getting more and trying it different ways.

    • Loree Dowse says:

      Hi Lawrence – we’re glad to hear that you enjoyed Caulilini. We have several recipes on our foodservice website – be sure to check those out as well.

  • Nikki Rockwell says:

    I cant wait to buy this! Any ideas on when it will hit the shelves?

  • Helen says:

    Caulilini is surely a pretty vegetable. I could see the fassy young children liking it, but could you please tell me if this is a GMO product? Thanks.

  • Linn says:

    Had it at Killian’s Tavern in Spear Fish, SD last week. Delicious! Can’t wait for it to hit the stores.

  • donna says:

    I went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch and in my dish was a veg unknown to me? i asked the Server and was told it was Caulini? Well, not only did it look nice on my plate it was delicious! I will search the stores and make this my favorite from now on! looks like something from the Sea – so whispy and delicate looking

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Donna,
      I am happy to hear this! We are doing our best to get it in stores nationwide. Hope you’re able to get your hands on it soon.

      Ryan @ Mann’s

  • Julie says:

    We had Caulilini last night for the first time. Wonderful. I will be watching for this to come to local stores in the Carolinas.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Julie,
      I am happy to hear that you were able to try it. We just launched in retail – so be on the look out for it.

      Ryan @ Mann’s

  • Linda Lee says:

    I saw this caulilini for the first time this weekend at a Chinese grocery store in Flushing,NY and just had to try it. I stir fried it with a little oil and seasoning with some sausage. It is delicious! It is less fibrous and softer than the white cauliflower we all know. My family loved it and I wish I could get more of it from my local grocery store now that I am back in Connecticut!

  • Jan. Fore says:

    I found caulilini in the Meijer here in Michigan City, Indiana yesterday! I was so excited, showed several people who thought I was crazy, took it to my friend when we met for dinner. Then went and made some. I was not disappointed! I love it!

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Jan,

      That is so awesome to hear! CAULILINI® baby cauliflower is for sure one of my favorite vegetables. I love to cover it with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, garlic salt, and a bit of grated Parmesan cheese. Then I broil it in the oven until it gets a bit of charred on it. So yummy!

      Glad to hear that you love the product.

      Ryan @ Mann’s

  • Tatyana says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Where can I get a few seeds to to growing it in my backyard garden?

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Tatyana,

      Unfortunately, the seed is proprietary to us and the seed is not available for sale.

      We hope you’re able to purchase the product at your local store.

      Ryan @ Mann’s

  • Deborah Anderson-Clarke says:

    Just saw it in our sales flyer for Fortinos in Ontario Canada this week. After reading this article we’re going to buy some and try it out, even though it’s quite expensive at $4 for 10oz.. It’s great that there are articles like this available to give us an idea of how best to prepare something totally new.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Deborah,

      I am happy to hear that you’re going to try CAULILINI® baby cauliflower. Let us know what you think after you try it.

      Ryan @ Mann’s

  • Don says:

    I had the extreme good fortune to obtain a few bags of Baby Cauliflower which was promptly given a light coating of olive oil, a few seasonings and tossed on a hot grill. Just a few moments later both adults and children ranging from 14 to 7 were requesting a future date that they could look forward to a second helping. Thanks folks.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Don,

      I am super happy to hear that you were able to get a few bags and that you all enjoyed it. CAULILINI® baby cauliflower is for sure one of my favorite products from us. Thanks for sharing!

      Ryan @ Mann’s

  • Cindy Hiple says:

    I just had this for the first time at Friscos in S Petersburg, Florida. It was delicious! Where and when will it be in Indiana?

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