Freaky Fruit: Romanesco Broccoli

October 18, 2009 at 3:26 pm 5 comments

© Margarida Correia.  Romanesco broccoli at the Greenmarket at Union Square.

© Margarida Correia. Romanesco broccoli at the Greenmarket at Union Square.

Hey all you freaky fruitistas:  We’ve hit the peak of the freaky fruit season.  Things like celeriac, osage oranges and husk cherries are out in force at the farmers market.

Here’s another oddity to add to the season’s crop of unusual vegetables:  Romanesco broccoli.  The vegetable – a variant of cauliflower – looks like coral.  It’s not exactly the type of thing you’d want to eat at first glance.  But farmers say it’s less bitter than broccoli and tastes great when steamed or sautéed.  Plus it’s rich in vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids.  Why not give it a try?  The vegetable is going for about $2.25 a pound at the farmers market.

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