Romanesco, a fractal vegetable


I don’t know about you, but I had no idea this vegetable existed. We currently get free miscellaneous vegetables from The BF’s sister, through her job…. I opened the fridge one morning and there this was, in all its fractal elegance and neon green glory, and I had to figure out what it was, starting with its name. 

Apparently, in English, you’ll most likely see this called Romanesco broccoli (or just Romanesco), or sometimes Romanesco cauliflower. If you’re interested in other languages: It’s ‘Romanesco cabbage’ in French, generally ‘Romanesco broccoli’ in Italian, and ‘pyramid cauliflower’ in German) (source: fourmilab). Interestingly, “[e]ven professional plant taxonomists can’t decide” if it’s broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage (ibid).

If you’d like to learn more about Romanesco, check out the following:

  • Article at good ol’ Wikipedia
  • Another article with nice images and a description of the flavor
  • Video containing instructions for preparing it and tips on how to use it

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