Tuesday, December 3, 2013
When I first saw this vegetable in our CSA bag I did a double-take. "What the heck is that?" I asked. It turns out it is called Romanesco, or Romanesque cauliflower or Romanesco broccoli and its scientific name is Brassica oleracea. But forget about the name...look at its shape! Its flower buds form a natural fractal and according to Wikipedia the number of spirals on the head is also a Fibonacci number.
I just finished reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert and in the book they talk about the old theory that food that looks like a body part will help that body part (i.e. walnuts look like mini-brains and are therefore good for your brain). The scientist in me is not so sure of this idea, but if it's true imagine what this is going to do for my inner spirals! If ever there were a magical vegetable surely this is it.