Romanesco is an edible flower from the Brassica family which also includes broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. You can use it as you would cauliflower in recipes, and it holds up to many of the same cooking methods.
Romanesco is low in fat and carbohydrates, but high in dietary fibre, folate, and vitamin C, as well as health benefiting phytochemicals and carotenoids. However, as with other brassicas, boiling will seriously deplete any nutritional compounds, so steaming, roasting or microwaving are much better methods of cooking.
Its spiralled buds are surprisingly fractal in nature, meaning each bud in the spiral is composed of a series of smaller buds.
Keep romanesco loosely wrapped in plastic in the fridge, ideally positioned with the stem-side down to prevent any moisture from collecting in the florets, which can cause deterioration.
Reynolds’ grower Staples provide a wide range of brassicas, from romanesco, cauliflower and kale, through to purple sprouting, broccoli, Cavolo Nero, red and white cabbage, and flowering sprouts.
Staples grow 14,000 acres of vegetables on the fertile lands across North & South Lincolnshire, Suffolk and the Isle of Wight.
Staples have expanded rapidly in recent years, with the main focus placed on extending the UK seasons. Staples also combine out of specification vegetables, together with energy crops, to provide the input for a 1.4 MW bio-gas plant. This investment makes their farm 100% self-sufficient in green electricity, as well as providing heating, refrigeration and fertiliser for the next rotation.