The first veg up to the cutting board for Veggie Month is the super cool-looking Romanesco cauliflower. This is one of the wildest-looking vegetables you can find at the farmer’s market when it’s in season. Its tightly packed florets are lime-green in colour and come in the most amazing shapes.
This is an easy one to entice the kids to eat, mostly because it looks like it’s from another planet! But how do you go about preparing it? Here are a few ideas:
- Blanch it: steam it in boiling water and then dunk it immediately in icy water to fix the bright green colour. Then you can serve it in a salad with some olives, olive oil and a sprinkling of lemon juice.
- Put it with pasta: pair it with one of our pasta recipes like this one for bacon, tomato & broccoli pasta. Simply sub it in for the broccoli. It also cooks down very nicely in your favourite tomato sauce.
- Casserole fun: try it in a gratin, something like a fresh take on the cauliflower cheese. It goes great with crème fraîche and parmesan.
Fun facts about Romanesco cauliflower:
- They call Romanesco a super ingredient, because it’s packed with antioxidants, vitamin C and fibre!
- It’s a favourite among kids, not only because it looks cool, but the taste is nuttier and sweeter than cauliflower.
- As you can tell by its name, this veggie comes from Italy originally.
- When is it in season? October-November is the best time to find it in Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.