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My new favorite funky vegetable -- romanesco!

Saturday, December 01, 2012



I've noticed this in the produce section of my grocery store for a while now. I added it to my list this morning because I was feeling curious. I love most vegetables, so I figured the probability was high I would like it. Well, they had 3 or 4 this morning and they looked a little lame so I didn't buy it. But I stopped by the indoor grower's market and found a beautiful head (that's why I had to take a picture of it)!

I cut the bottom leaves/stem away and washed it, then blanched it (put in boiling water, then into ice water). I read online blanching helps to maintain the pretty color (it otherwise turns a olive green color when you cook it). Then I cut it into pieces -- really cute, they actually look like little Christmas trees) and I steamed it in the microwave for 4 mins/15 secs. I drizzled a little EVOO and measured a cup and YUM-O! And it's only 5g carb for a cup! This is a Diabetic's dream!

It's kind of a cross between broccoli and cauliflower, but definitely more like cauliflower. It originated in Italy around the 16th century so that makes me wonder if maybe it's more popular in Europe.

It was a nice alternative ... and I'll definitely buy it again!

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NASFKAB 12/4/2012 11:42PM

  interesting must try it

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JOYCECAIN 12/3/2012 11:31AM

    It is funny looking. I have never hearheard of it. I will have to try it out sometime.

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JLLOVETT 12/3/2012 11:24AM

    I'm gonna try it if I can find it!


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KANDOLAKER 12/2/2012 8:45AM

    Great new info! Thanks so much for sharing!! Kathy

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MIRAGE727 12/2/2012 8:45AM

    Wow, how fascinating and fun! I think trying new fruits & veggies are so much fun and healthy. I also admire the fact that you are so embracing the lifestyle, Bella! Stay strong!
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GOLDTAG1 12/2/2012 8:34AM

  I have never seen it here in Virginia. I would like to try it though, and will look for it when I travel. Sounds delicious.

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SEABREEZE64 12/2/2012 8:23AM

    Interesting. I don't think I've ever seen one in the grocery store that is near me. I will keep looking!!!

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CSAGIRL 12/2/2012 7:28AM

    I thought I'd seen everything! This looks and sounds wonderful. Thanks for the tip!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/1/2012 11:24PM

    I've been watching out for some, with no luck, for some time now. It was brought to my attention because it is a fractal form - making it kind of a geek's veggie too. (Fractal form meaning that it has a similar repetition of a pattern/shape at multiple sizes scaling up and down.)

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/1/2012 8:57PM

    Hmm, never heard of it and never saw it. I will keep my eyes open, but this time of year we don't get very many good fresh vegetables. emoticon

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 12/1/2012 7:56PM

    Wow! It looks like my succulent! Very interesting, I'll try to find it. I've never seen anything like it. Thank you for sharing, what an interesting experiment.

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GOPINTOS 12/1/2012 7:16PM

    OMG!! Thank you for sharing. I am sure I would LOVE this!! I will be on the lookout for it. I probably have seen it but didnt know what it was or what to do with it.

Thanks!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 12/1/2012 6:36PM

    Ooh, I love it! It's also great roasted.

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SPARKABELLA13 12/1/2012 6:18PM

    I live in Pennsylvania. I saw several heads in the grocery store this morning (Wegmans) and then saw it again at the indoor grower's market. Wegmans has a huge produce dept. and probably the best around here. I think it might also be available frozen (when I tracked it, a list came up). It really is delicious. If you like broccoli and/or cauliflower, you would probably like it.

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CATTUTT 12/1/2012 6:04PM

    Can I ask where you are from? {If it's written somewhere obvious, overlook me. lol} I'm just curious what part of the country you were able to find it in. It looks interesting, but I've never seen it in a store.

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NOMORENOMORE 12/1/2012 5:20PM

    Never heard of this! Gotta try me some. emoticon

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JILLITA55 12/1/2012 4:58PM

    I WILL TRY IT!

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