Romanesca, also known as summer cauliflower, is a curious-looking cruciferous vegetable that hails from northern Italy. It has a beautiful pale lime green color and like regular cauliflower, Romanesca has a tightly compact head of florets attached by clusters of stalks. Romanesca florets, rather than being rounded, rise in a pyramid of pointed, spiraling cones. The entire vegetable is a huge spiral composed of smaller conical buds that are each a mini-spiral. Its flavor is somewhat more delicate than that of regular cauliflower. You can use it in any recipe that uses cauliflower, or even broccoli! Just don’t overcook it, as it will actually take on quite an unpleasant taste!
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