Romanesco Success!

The brassicas bed has slowly been bursting into life, and we’ve discovered that red cabbages and purple sprouting broccoli need a lot of space. But despite some overcrowding, it’s looking promising, and we had our first harvest with the Romanesco earlier this week.

Romanesco is like cauliflower, but much more beautiful and tastier. It’s heads are made up of a stunning collection of florets that are a great example of phyllotaxis – an arrangement of leaves on a stem – that makes up a fractal shape.

Romanesco

Romanesco

Strangely enough, it’s one of the vegetables that doesn’t seem to get much of a mention in our allotment books, so we’ve not really got much of an idea as to what we should be doing to look after it. A quick search on the internet suggests that it can be quite difficult to grow, so I’m really chuffed that it’s come out as well as it did, but there’s not much information on how to stop it bolting, which has unfortunately meant that some of it was a bit past its best when we came to pick it. Tips anyone?

Romanesco bolting

Romanesco bolting

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