Monthly Archives: November 2014

Romanesco broccoli

I’ve been thrilled this autumn to harvest some lovely Romanesco Broccoli.  It must be one of the most beautiful and other-worldly residents of the vegetable garden.

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I sowed the seeds in early summer, planted out the young plants in about July, and then, knock me down with a feather, found lovely heads of spirally fractal broccoli appearing in October.   According to wikipedia, the florets grow in a self-similar, logarithmic spiral, in a pattern which is approximately fractal.   A point where mathematics and vegetable gardening meet.  I’m glad there aren’t many of those!

This success helps to make up for my relentless failures with cauliflowers!