A mutant orange cauliflower and a healthy white version of the same vegetable have been paired to produce a hybrid that "looks like it's been drenched with cheese sauce."

Researchers at the state Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva said the new orange cauliflower is more nutritious than the traditional variety, and it looks better."I don't expect it to replace white cauliflower, but I think it will find a place as a nice alternative," said Michael Dickson, a Cornell University professor of vegetable breeding.

Plant experts in Geneva are trying to develop a seed that can be used to grow the new orange cauliflower commercially. The unusual vegetable hybrid, which does not yet have a name, will likely be available to gardeners in three years, Dickson said Wednesday.