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Farmer’s Market Find: Romanesco Cauliflower

This weekend at the Farmer’s Market I came across the most stunning vegetable, the “Romanesco Cauliflower”. This broccoli/cauliflower hybrid with its pale chartreuse color is hard to overlook.

Apparently it’s been grown in Italy since the 16th century, but it’s new to me. The mesmerizing spires called out to me. I can’t help but think what a beautiful still life painting they would make. I had to take a picture - maybe the next time I have a day without the baby I’ll actually paint it!

Being a fan of broccoli and cauliflower I knew I would love it so I purchased a few heads to try with our roasted vegetable dinner. Great raw, I think it tastes like both veggies, with its texture slightly more like cauliflower. We dipped it in a creamy mint yogurt dip we picked up at the market as well. I then quickly tossed the rest on baking sheet with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, before we ate it all! I’m so glad I did. Roasting it brought out a slightly buttery delicious flavor – yum!

I sometimes think of the whole hybrid vegetable thing as just an unnecessary novelty, but this organic combo of broccoli and cauliflower really was great together. Plus it’s really fun to say Romanesco. I’ll definitely have it again.

Do you have a favorite hybrid vegetable or fruit?


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