I harvested my first ever Romanesco:
Ok, so I waited a little bit too long to harvest this one. I was out of the country for a week, what can I say? But, it didn't really matter because it was delicious, nonetheless. The darker coloring is just the buds turning a little bit purple before they almost open. Here is my second one:
This one was picked at just the right stage, I believe. The head is a little bit "looser" than the ones I see at the farmer's market, but I like them better this way because they are easier to cut up. Each head was about a pound and a half and appeared to be the same size as the "professionally grown" ones. I have to brag on mine though, because they didn't have aphids like all of the ones that I've bought before. It looks like I'm going to be 3 for 3 on my Romanesco planting. The last one is still developing it's head.
Romanesco is my husband's favorite vegetable. The taste is somewhere between broccoli and cauliflower, but better than either. Very tender, but crisp at the same time. So, even though they are not very productive per garden space, I've already seeded another 6 plants. They are just so aesthetically pleasing, don't you think?!