Recently, while shopping in a local grocery store in Saint Louis, Missouri, I discovered an unusual looking vegetable. It was the Romanesco, also called Romanesco Broccoli or Roman Cauliflower. It is sold alongside broccoli and cauliflower. It’s Latin name is Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis and it’s in the same family as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussel sprouts.
I enjoy cooking it the same way as cauliflower – in a curry, with tumeric, Madras curry, cumin, and coriander. With its spherical shape, it adds texture to a flavorful chicken and potato curry.
Another way to eat this vegetable is with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Add minced garlic and season with salt and ground black pepper, and you will have a delicious side dish.
If you are curious to see what this vegetable looks like, come and attend the next Culinary Book Club meeting on Wednesday, February 4, between noon and 1pm. We meet in the Monthly Book Club Room that is located in the Locust Street Atrium of the Central Library, located at 1301 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO, 63103.
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