While they are called a broccoli, I found their growth form to be much more like a cauliflower. Certainly their leaves were much more like a cauli. I haven't tasted them yet - I have a back log of purple cauli that should be eaten first.
I found them one of the last of my brassicas to produce. This year my brassicas produced in this order:
- Wombok - Mini
- Broccoli - Calabrese
- Cauliflower - Purple
- Cabbage - Savoy
- Broccoli - Romanesco
Still to come:
- Cabbage - Mini
- Cabbage - Red Drumhead
Despite the fact that they have grown quite well, I will harvest only a few of those I put in because they were raided...you see yesterday my heavily pregnant ewes that had been let into the House yard to eat the luscious grass around the house down decided they wanted to sup on something else. They broke into one of my temporary beds and devoured three Broccoli Romanesco plants.
My big fat sheepy mothers ate most of the leaves of three of my Broccoli Romanesco - perhaps it was one of those pregnant cravings?
While they ate the leaves they left the underdeveloped hearts which I harvested. Here are the tiny babies munched off in their prime ( in my hand and in the background).
They did take a munch of one of the undeveloped heads - naughty sheep!
(Eek, look at my rough farmer's hands!)
While I am yet to taste them, I will probably grow them again, in part because I have more seeds and in part because I am still fascinated by the green spirals - next time I must keep the sheep off!
I am contributing this post to Liz's Saturday Spotlight. Pop over to hers to see other varieties of vegetables highlighted.