Have you ever spied a beautiful, chartreuse-colored, cauliflower with a spiral row of flowers cascading down its sides like a circular staircase? You’ve just beheld a Romanesco cauliflower, also called Romanesco broccoli, or simply Romanesco. I first saw one of these gorgeous vegetables at the farmers market in Pasadena, and ever since then I get giddy when I see one show up at my local farmers market in Ojai. I can’t wait to bring it home and cook with it in my kitchen. And the dish I make is this simple Roasted Romanesco Cauliflower with Raisins and Pine Nuts.
When you have something as beautiful as Romanesco in your kitchen, it’s all about minimal food preparation, as you want to draw attention to the beautiful plant food. In fact, Romanesco’s striking geometric nature, with its series of smaller buds arranged in a logarithmic spiral, when the smallest bud becomes sufficiently small, represents a Fibonacci number! Leave it to Mother Nature, right?
At the heart of Romanesco, though, is its beautiful color and taste. My favorite way to serve it is roasted, in a simply prepared dish, such as this recipe I’m sharing with you today. Buon appetito!