Is it a broccoli? Is it a cauliflower? Or is it simply, ‘Romanesco’?
This is another repeat entry, with this taxon first being featured on Botany Photo of the Day in 2006: Brassica oleracea Botrytis Group ‘Romanesco’. The question as to whether it was a broccoli or cauliflower was alluded to then as well–and surprisingly, the resource I recommended at the time still survives today: Fractal Food, including The Unclassifiable Romanesco.
Other resources have emerged online in the intervening years, though. These include:
- ‘Romanesco’, from the University of Wisconsin Master Gardener Program, features gardening and cooking tips
- Romanesco Broccoli and Fractals via the Earth Science Picture of the Day
- Fibonacci Numbers and Nature
I took this photograph today in UBC Botanical Garden’s Food Garden, after being shown the plant by the area’s horticulturist. Here is a similar photo, but in black-and-white: