What are we lookin at here? Answers tomorrow.
On the left above we have Romanesco broccoli or Roman Cauliflower, an edible flower of the species Brassica oleracea and a variant form of cauliflower. This weird and wonderful vegetable was first documented in Italy (as broccolo romanesco) in the sixteenth century.
It is also sometimes called coral broccoli, I guess because those florets look like they will continue growing outward like a piece of a coral reef. It was just so beautiful I had to bring it home just so I could look at it in the privacy of my own home. Love that acid green color. Love the patterns that the florets form. It's like a cauliflower with a strong character. I don't know why they settled on calling it broccoli. It's a cauliflower.
In the wikipedia entry, where I got the details about this veggie, they also say its "shape could be described as fractal; each bud is composed of a series of smaller buds, all arranged in yet another logarithmic spiral." Fractal. Love that. Your word for the day.
In French it is call chou-fleur romaine, literal translation cabbage flower roman. In French you can still hear them use the old-fashioned phrase "mon petit chou", literally "my little cabbage", meaning +/- my sweet young thing. Language is a funny wonderful thing.
The strange vegetable on the right above is an oven roasted beet, bought already roasted at the marche′. Trust the French, read- made roasted beet! !