Fractal - noun
A complex geometric pattern exhibiting self-similarity in that small details of its structure viewed at any scale repeat elements of the overall pattern
Have you seen this curious looking vegetable? It's sort of a relative of both the broccoli and the cauliflower, though it's quite unique in one very special way.
It's nature's version of a "fractal," a geometric pattern where the buds form logarithmic spirals. More specifically, the entire vegetable is a huge spiral composed of smaller conical buds that are each a mini-spiral. You end up with this spiralmania where tiny spirals combine to form bigger spiral cones, which combine to form even bigger spiral cones . . . you get the picture?
This differs from a real fractal in that these spirals are finite, limited by physical size.
In many ways, this cruciferous, less-famous cousin of the Broccoli and Cauliflower is quite similar to cauliflower in both texture and flavor. You can use it in any recipe that uses cauliflower, or even broccoli! Just don't overcook it, as it will actually take on quite an unpleasant taste!
Me, I decided to use my favorite cauliflower recipe.
It's simple, delicious, super healthy, and just a slight twist from the daily routine. And who's going to object to a little drizzle of truffle oil on top?
P.S. Also known as Romanesca Broccoli, Romanesco Cauliflower, Romanesco Cauliflower, Roman Cauliflower, Summer Cauliflower, Broccoflower, Coral Broccoli
Sadly, these things have a super short season (like Sept-Nov), so they are probably pretty hard to get now. Next year!
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