Farmers' Market Report: Romanesco Los Angeles

Farmers' Market Report: Romanesco Los Angeles

Emily Han
Dec 2, 2008

With its marvelous lime green cones and spirals, the Romanesco is a vegetable we have a hard time resisting whenever it catches our eye at the farmers' market.

posted originally from: TheKitchn

Sometimes known as Romanesco broccoli, Romanesco cauliflower, or chou Romanesco, this striking brassica hails from northern Italy, where it was described as early as the 16th century. At the Hollywood Farmers' Market, it is usually available for a couple of months in the fall.

The Romanesco tastes similar to cauliflower, with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. It can generally be used in any cauliflower recipe, though we favor preparations that allow us to admire its fantastic form, such as steaming it whole or breaking off the points and serving them as crudité. When buying, choose a tight head with firm florets and crisp leaves. It should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within a few days before it loses its firmness.

Related: Word of Mouth: Brassica

(Images: Gregory Han)

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