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Monday, July 23, 2007

Coral Broccoli

Saturday's farmers market trip ended with this priced possession.

If you're a brassica fan, fond of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, you'll love it too. I am talking about the Coral Brocoli. Foremost an interesting object with a shape and color reminding me of coral or outer worldly landscapes. It is also known as romanesco, minaret, romanesco cauliflower, often called romanesco broccoli or calabrese romanesco - especially in Italian recipes.
You must be thinking it's simply a genetically modified freak. But this website will prove it's not the result of genetic manipulations.
You will love the lime green florets with bewitching design.
The flavour is somewhere between broccoli and cauliflower, with a sweet, vegetal nuttiness - and it's bereft of the slightly bitter edge cauliflower can have.
Well I haven't tasted it yet,but will post the recipe soon.



archana said...

The shape is so unusual and interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

Asha said...

I saw this at the grocery store.So pretty,you don't want to cook it!:))

BC said...

That looks amazing - I first thought it was a picture of something in the bottom of an acquarium!

zlamushka said...

Hi Zaayka,

I cant believe you guys have that too. Back home (I come from Slovakia) we call it 'amphora' because those pretty florets are as ellaboratelly shped as the ancient amphoras used by Greeks. I havent had one in years. I usually just steam it or boil it, sprinkle fried breadcrumbs over it (fried in oil with salt and pepper) and serve it with a rich curry on side. It sets on a plate, being definitelly the queen of the dinning table.

Thanx for reminding me of this :)

Rachna said...

i never seen this before hey