Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rome-anesco




MG Robin Ritterhoff, who has been on assignment in Rome*, took this photo at a street vegetable market:


Just in case you, like me, feel the need to look at evidence that it's not freezing cold and snowy everywhere.

Has anyone successfully grown the Romanesco cauliflower/broccoli? It's so architecturally beautiful.

*Not for GIEI. I wish we had foreign correspondents.

5 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm from Italy, northern part, and no, it's not really the weather cold. I have started spring works on my organic garden, just clean and put in place of course, it's not SO hot temperatures. This year I will try to grow broccoli and cauliflower, as well as mizuna, pack choi and kohlrabi.

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    1. Good luck with your garden, Gabriel. Here, it's about -11C (11F) at the moment, so anything even vaguely springlike sounds good to me.

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  2. In response to your Q, Theresa Mycek, grower/manager of Colchester Farm CSA, grew some very nice romanesco last summer, and harvested it in early-mid fall. Its flavor is mild; it's very nice raw -- in salad, dip, a snack -- as well as steamed with a little gorgonzola on it, lemon, mustard-and-garlic sauce, or in soup.. good stuff.

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  3. I tried to grow romanesco last year. I started the seeds indoors and transplanted in spring, probably April. I got great big plants, over 3 feet tall, but they never grew heads. My regular broccoli, started and planted at the same time, grew as expected. Any thoughts on why nothing came of them?

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    1. Hi Larry - I hear from Kent Phillips, who grew it successfully, that it takes longer to get to maturity than regular broccoli, so that might have been the issue - not enough time before summer weather. Kent grew his starting in July for fall harvest.

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