First recorded in Italy in the 16th century, Romanesco Broccoli is sometimes referred to as Broccoflower, Roman Cauliflower or Coral Broccoli.
First recorded in Italy in the 16th century, Romanesco Broccoli is sometimes referred to as Broccoflower, Roman Cauliflower or Coral Broccoli. Romanesco belongs to the Botrytis cultivar group of Brassica oleracea, which despite its most well known common name actually makes it a type of cauliflower.
Romanesco Broccoli Growing
How To Grow Romanesco Broccoli
Grows exceptionally well in cool areas, but also does well as a summer planted crop to harvest in early to late fall. Like other brassicas, romanesco thrives in a fairly heavy, alkaline soil – if your soil is acidic, add lime. Choose a sheltered sunny spot in soil that you have prepared in advance by digging in well rotted farmyard manure. Tread the soil down to firm it in. Plant young romanesco plants deeply, and very firmly, to give each plant stability and to protect against rocking on windy days. Water well after planting. Here are some additional tips on planting and growing Romanesco.
Preserving And Storing Your Broccoli For Later Use
Intensely green and crisp outer leaves tell you that the Romanesco is fresh. Eat your Romanesco as soon as possible, because nutrient content and taste quickly deteriorate, but it will keep for a couple of days in the vegetable drawer of your fridge. This article will explain some of the finer details on how to freeze your Romanesco so that you can better preserve it.
Cooking With Broccoli
A real delicacy, Romanesco has a milder flavor, more creamy and nutty than standard broccoli and cauliflower. The raw texture is exceptional, but it is also nice for steaming, stir-frying or roasting. Try it roasted or sautéed in olive oil with onions and garlic. Serve it on a sausage sandwich or an Italian sub. Don’t be afraid of getting a little char on the veggie; it can stand up to the flavor.
Romanesco Broccoli Recipe
Check out this recipe if you want to learn how to make garlic and lemon roasted Romanesco.
Very rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber and carotenoids. Romanesco broccolis are also loaded with Vitamin A, the vitamin that is needed by your eyes in order to function properly. Vitamin A can also reduce the macular degeneration that leads to eye problems! Here’s more information on the nutritional content that you can find in Romanesco.
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