Romanesco

Spring, Fall, Winter

Health Benefits

Romanesco offers a multitude of health benefits. Some of these include improved eyesight, strengthened immune system, and improved bone health. It also supports brain function, sustains blood sugar levels, reduces depression, supports heart health, and is beneficial for a healthy reproductive system.

History

Although Romanesco has become increasingly popular in America (specifically California) within the past decade, this hybrid vegetable dates as far back as the 16th century. Originating in Italy, Romanesco resembles both broccoli and cauliflower and is sometimes called "broccoflower".

Recipes to Try

How to Store

Romanesco is best kept unwashed and stored in a tightly sealed bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

How to Prepare

Trim off the outer leaves (leaves can be cooked and enjoyed separately) and remove the chunky stalk. Rinse under cool water. Shake to remove excess water and place the head upside down on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife cut out the large center stem. Allow the florets to separate and fall from the stem. You can leave the florets whole or cut them into smaller, bite-sized pieces.

Ways to Enjoy

Romanesco has an enjoyable nutty flavor with a slight hint of cauliflower. It pairs well with lemon, olive oil, pasta, roasted vegetables, shallots, pine nuts, and Reggiano Parmesan. It can be prepared in the same manner as broccoli or cauliflower, but has a softer texture and should be cooked for a shorter amount of time. Try Romanesco steamed, boiled, roasted, sautéed, or raw.

Health Benefits

Romanesco offers a multitude of health benefits. Some of these include improved eyesight, strengthened immune system, and improved bone health. It also supports brain function, sustains blood sugar levels, reduces depression, supports heart health, and is beneficial for a healthy reproductive system.

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