Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea botrytis
Family: Brassica
Also Known As: Romanesco broccoli, Romanesco cauliflower, Romanesco cabbage, coral broccoli
Origin: Italia (as broccolo romanesco) in the sixteenth century
Source: Koanga Gardens: Stunning looking Italian broccoli. The tip of each spear is conical
rather than round. Always pick before spears separate and go to flower. Must have cold weather when heads develop. Plant 50cm apart.

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  • 30/01/2010 Planted Romanesco seeds from Koanga Gardens in peat pots on windowsill
  • 24/03/2010 Read all about Romanesco’s encounters with very hungry caterpillars.
  • 27/04/2010 They’re fruiting! Even the ones that seemed to be losing the caterpillar battle.
  • 18/05/2010 Harvested my first Fractalicious Romanesco.

Benoit Mandelbrot’s TED Talk on the extreme complexity of roughness, and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated, using romanesco “cauliflower” as example: