ROMANESCO BROCCOLI OR ROMAN CAULIFLOWER WITH PASTA by Paola Bacchia

The sculptural and slightly other-worldly Romanesco has not been around for long – at least not in Australia. This pale green beauty been grown in Italy for centuries and is covered by many tiny spiral buds that spiral upwards to a point. I have read that the number of buds that make up each spiral is a Fibonacci sequence which sounds a bit like maths, but is clearly a genius of nature. So….what is it exactly? In English it goes by the name Roman cauliflower, or Romanesco broccoli, and in Italian it is called broccolo Romano (or broccolo Romanesco)  or cavolo verde – so it seems that we are all unsure whether it is broccoli or cauliflower. The firmness of the buds and taste and definitely closer to a cauliflower, though nuttier and firmer.

 

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