Thursday, July 1, 2010

Romanesco harvest

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?!


heather @ what's blooming this week said...

Hi Jackie - I always like the look of this vegetable, it doesn't look real with it's square look. Must try it.

Don't you hate it when the garden continues to grow when you're away? I mean, really couldn't it wait for us to return before things bloom. I missed my rhododendron altogether this year because I was away.

michelle said...

That's one of my favorite vegetables also and definitely worth the space it takes in the garden. I've got my next plants going also.

Anonymous said...

They are beautiful! I may have to try these one year.... How long do they take to mature?

Jackie said...

Heather, you will love Romanesco!

Michelle, I think you're right about the's just so good.

Henbogle, they take about 3-4 months to mature if planted in the spring.

Stefaneener said...

Agh! I'm going to give it another try, as my first was a dismal failure. I want the little spiraly heads too. I'll be inspired by your success.