{what is that?! – romanesco}

26 Mar

have you ever seen this amazing vegetable?!?!


if you have spotted it before in the produce department, you may not have even known it was edible…


it kind of looks like something that grows on mars, right?! 😉


considered part of the broccoli family, romanesco is somewhat of a misnomer, because it’s actually part of the cauliflower family and should be cooked as such…


just look at this thing!


the symmetry – nature is so perfect.


i just think they are so beautiful and fascinating!


i simply chop them up and saute in a little of my favourite pasture butter…


there is a sweetness to romanesco that is lacking in regular white cauliflower.  you know me, the more colour the better.  and romanesco fits the bill perfectly in that category!

you can find them at health food store like whole foods market during their season.  i just happen to stumble on one in early february, but typically you’ll see them in fall…

have you eaten this fun food and if so, what did you think?! how do YOU prepare it?

19 Responses to “{what is that?! – romanesco}”

  1. mylifeisthebestlife March 26, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    I need to find this! I have a recipe that I use for either broccoli or cauliflower, but this looks lovely!


  2. Anthony Mark March 26, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    I think this is very romantic


  3. One Happy Table March 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    I agree the symmetry is magnificently beautiful. Thanks for the breathtaking photos Audrey!


  4. alanatphotography March 27, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    we get a box of random organics fruits and veggies dropped off weekly…i hate to admit that i got this one time and it sat in my fridge until it went bad. 😦 i had forgotten about it, as i also had no idea what it was. I’M GOING TO BE WATCHING FOR IT NOW!!! 🙂


    • cooking with audrey March 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      awesome, alana! i have been considering doing a CSA, but i have access to lots of good organic food as it is… romanesco has always been a favourite of mine. i love your series on women and i look forward to seeing more. thank you for the follow and congrats on being freshly pressed!! keep up the great work!!!


      • alanatphotography March 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

        thank you so much! it was a shock and an honor, for sure!
        definitely keeping the project going…will be a teen one next. thank you so much for your interest in and appreciation of it!


      • cooking with audrey March 27, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

        for sure, well-deserved feature, too! i really do love your series. i support the openness of your subjects and i value that you found it pertinent to address this “issue” in a photographic medium. in fact, i wish you lived in colorado because i’d ask you about how to become one of your subjects 🙂 i’m happy to support and relate to fellow artists like yourself!! thank you for the follow!


    • cooking with audrey March 28, 2013 at 12:00 am #

      oooooh how fun! you may not see it until late summer or early fall but please do stay in touch and let me know if/when you get it and try it! they are so cool… you’ll totally want to fotograph one – they are just so cool!!!! i almost didn’t want to cut it up 🙂


      • alanatphotography March 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

        i look forward to it!
        and i can’t see how to respond to your last comment about being in colorado, so, i shall do that here. 🙂 anyway, my ultimate goal with this project would be to take it to a different state each month, do one or two groups, and have a local photographer in the area take it from there, and then have a site everyone can just add the results to. that would be awesome. so, if i have my way, i’ll end up in colorado at some point! 🙂
        also, my dad has a house in dolores. it’s been about 8 years since we’ve all been back there. SO BEAUTIFUL, and soooo time to return!!!!


      • cooking with audrey March 29, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

        well that just sounds amazing. please do keep me in mind if you need another subject. i believe it would be liberating for me! 🙂 i have to admit i’m not certain i am familiar with dolores. is that the western slope?! there are some exquisite places to live around these parts! 🙂


  5. mydailyminefield March 27, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    I’ve never seen these before! They are beautiful. The flowerettes look like a pictures I have seen of fractal geometric patterns.


    • cooking with audrey March 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      on the wiki site, it actually comments on that. i am fascinated by this vegetable. i’ve seen other “coloured” cauliflowers before – orange, purple… but they don’t have this design. it’s brilliant, i just marvel at it… and then i savour that thing to no end 😉


    • cooking with audrey March 31, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      indeed… one of the coolest pieces of produce i’ve ever had.


  6. hancockjacklyn March 28, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    I am about to start a screen-printing series and have been wondering what the muffins this crazy vegetable is because it is a fractal pattern (natural patterns found in nature) and I plan to reference it. I also LOVE cooking and I am intrigued at how they are used and how they taste, might have to try it soon.! 🙂


    • cooking with audrey March 31, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

      there are always comments about how the romanesco has a fractal pattern. gotta wonder how old this breed of vegetable is…



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