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Nyleve Nov 18, 2006 05:02 PM

So I bought one of these incredibly beautiful cauliflowers the other day because I couldn't resist it. This led to a discussion with a friend who is convinced it's simply a genetically modified freak, not an old heritage variety of brassica. Anyone know for sure? I'm really curious now.

  1. Chuckles the Clone Nov 18, 2006 05:34 PM

    I find them difficult to eat because they almost look intelligent.
    I picture them growing in even larger spiral clusters on top of larger spiral clusters
    on clusters fractally all the way down to the center of the universe.

    But that's just me.

    http://www.calypsofarm.org/images/Cal...

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      Eldon Kreider Nov 18, 2006 11:19 PM

      There was a thread on this back in 2003:
      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/291937?

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        Nyleve Nov 19, 2006 11:07 PM

        Oh I'll have no trouble figuring out what to do with it - I'm just wondering if it's a new (artificially created) veg or an old one.

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          Eldon Kreider Nov 19, 2006 11:57 PM

          If you believe this French site, Romanesco has been cultivated for 2000 years: http://www.rungisinternational.com/pages/gb/Dossiers/fl1.asp

          Delicious Organics lists organic Romanesco as available for a short period of time each year: (http://shop.deliciousorganics.com/ind...

          )

          Some of these old vegetables have enjoyed a resurgence in the last 20 years or so.

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        butterfly Nov 20, 2006 11:47 AM

        I don't think it's a genetically modified freak (or at least a particularly recent one). I remember seeing one growing in a friend's garden in France fifteen years ago.

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          Bride of the Juggler Nov 20, 2006 08:21 PM

          I was just in Tuscany and saw them all over the place in local markets. Thank you.

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          Nyleve Nov 20, 2006 02:04 PM

          Thanks for that. I will be forwarding the information to my friend who tried to convince me that it was an unnatural vegetable.

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            Pei Nov 20, 2006 10:14 PM

            Tell him my friend calls nectarines abominations of nature. Leave the poor Romanesco alone and pick on a real freak!

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              Nyleve Nov 21, 2006 01:14 AM

              We will abuse nectarines, as advised. Thank you. In the meantime, will devour Romanesco.

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                Ruth Lafler Nov 21, 2006 07:03 PM

                What's freaky about nectarines? I can see feeling that way about the various pluot/aprium varieties, but nectarines?

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                  Pei Nov 22, 2006 01:26 AM

                  Well, she personally hates them because in her book peaches should be fuzzy, sweet, and eaten soft and pulpy.

                  The nectarine, with its shiny skin, crunchy texture, and tanginess, is to her a mutated peach that belongs in the reject pile.

                  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nectarine

                  But you know, she hates crunchy Asian peaches too. She only likes her beloved southern peaches (from South Carolina, no less. NOT Georgia!).

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              GG Mora Dec 2, 2006 08:10 PM

              Mmm...fractal broccoli.

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