Winter Harvest: Romanesco

Prettiest Vegetable Ever

One of my goals this winter was to grow more varieties of winter vegetables. The community garden enabled me to grow more than my usual lettuce crops. I expanded the garden to include kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and my personal favorite Romanesco. Ironically, the lettuce did terribly this year. The record rain fall resulted in a massive slug infestation. The kale and broccoli did wonderfully. They are great because you keep harvesting throughout the season. Cauliflower was a bust. The unusual cold resulted in a phenomena called “buttoning”. The cauliflower developed small, tiny inedible heads and since it only produces one head it was pretty useless.

Romanesco

My favorite though was the Romanesco. It is a cross between cauliflower and broccoli. It has a much milder flavor than cauliflower and it cooks faster than broccoli. It is also stunning to look at. The tiny flowers swirl in a gorgeous pattern. The only downside to this vegetable is that it only produces one head per a plant. This year I only grew three plants but I will gladly double that next winter.

Romanesco!



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