Romanesco Broccoli - "Beautiful Spiraling Heads"
A very unique type of broccoli, with beautiful spiraling apple-green head. Widely grown in northern Italy, it has superb taste and texture than the finest broccoli. Grows more like a cauliflower plant.
Romanesco has a pleasing, nutty taste, can be enjoyed raw but if cooked lightly, but still maintains its flavor and unique texture. Also known as Roman cauliflower, Broccolo Romanesco, Romanesque cauliflower or simply Romanesco, or more simply Broccoflower.
Broccoli originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and was imported into Italy at the end of the 16th century. From there it migrated north into Germany and France.
The stalks may be eaten like asparagus. In Italy it is usually cooked with garlic, olive oil and white wine. Broccoli can be eaten fresh or cooked.
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