This intriguing Italian heirloom delights with spirals of delicious lime green towers that will inspire even a finicky eater to try it.
Is it art or food? Both! 'Romanesco' is not actually a broccoli, but somewhere between a broccoli and cauliflower, with 5"-6" heads. First noted by Italians in the 16th century, it is now catching the eyes of gourmet chefs. Cooked, 'Romanesco' has a delicious nutty flavor and a texture similar to cauliflower. Easier to grow for fall harvest as a warm spring may delay heads until fall.
Variety InfoAn old, reliable European heirloom introduced in 1890. Large plant with blue green leaves and a 5"–6" lime green central head composed of many smaller spiraling florets.
RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outside after your average last frost date, or 12 weeks before your average first fall frost date. In mild climates, sow in fall for harvest in late winter and early spring. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–85°F, cooler (60°F) growing temperatures thereafter.
Not recommended. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date, or 10 to 12 weeks before your average first fall frost date. In Mild Climates, sow in early fall for winter harvest.