ROMAN CAULIFLOWER ROMANESCO BROCCOLI
Brassica oleracea Romanesco
Seeds per pack ~100
Germination 83% (Packed for 2024)
Brassica oleracea var. botrytis 'Romanesco', commonly known simply as Romanesco, is a striking and unique vegetable that is part of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage. Romanesco is often referred to as Romanesco broccoli or Romanesco cauliflower due to its similarities with both vegetables, but it is most closely related to cauliflower in terms of cultivation and cooking uses.
Romanesco is notable for its natural fractal pattern and its vibrant lime-green color. The heads of the Romanesco are made up of a series of smaller, conical florets that are arranged in a logarithmic spiral. This creates a visual effect known as a fractal - a complex geometric shape that looks almost identical at every scale level. Each floret is an exact replica of the whole: a property termed "self-similarity".
The flavor of Romanesco is more delicate and nuttier than that of traditional cauliflower or broccoli, with a slightly crunchy texture. It can be cooked in similar ways to those vegetables, such as steaming, boiling, roasting, or eating it raw in salads.
Nutritionally, Romanesco is rich in vitamins C and K, dietary fiber, and carotenoids. It also contains various minerals and antioxidants, making it a healthy addition to a balanced diet.
Cultivation-wise, Romanesco requires a similar growing condition as cauliflower, with cool temperatures being ideal for its development. It's considered more of a specialty vegetable and is less commonly found in conventional grocery stores compared to its more widespread relatives like broccoli and cauliflower. However, its unique appearance and nutritional benefits make it a popular choice for gardeners and chefs looking to add an unusual and eye-catching element to their dishes.