Produce Spotlight: Romanesco Cauliflower

Hello all and Happy Friday! We are expecting more great produce next week and a bit more variety as well! One of our favorite items is back: Romanesco Cauliflower.

Romanesco is as stunning to look at as it is to cook with. We couldn’t find a much better description than that from Bay Area Bites blogger Stephanie Hua:

Unapologetic, captivating, a bit peculiar. Certainly there isn’t a more stylish vegetable.

With its kaleidoscopic spires and minarets, it looks like it could be some kind of architectural coral from the ocean floor…or Mars. The fractal nature of broccoli romanesco’s structure is quite stunning, and what’s even more remarkable, the number of spirals on a head of romanesco is a Fibonacci number.

Sometimes called “Roman cauliflower” the lineage of the vegetable indeed goes back to cauliflower, and it has the same texture of cauliflower, but the flavor is closer to that of broccoli, except more subdued.

As I pondered how to cook this beautiful head of romanesco, my mind landed on another classic Roman dish,Cacio e Pepe, traditionally a simple and satisfying spaghetti dish adorned with just Pecorino Romano cheese, black pepper, and some olive oil.”

How else can you cook with Romanesco?

Pan-Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with Peas

Spicy Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower & Tomatoes

Roasted Romanesco

 Romanesco Gratin

How will you be enjoying your Romanesco Cauliflower? Share your recipes and photos on our Facebook page, and together, we will build a foodie community! 

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