Romanesco is an Italian heirloom that dates back to the 16th century and was once grown exclusively around Rome, Italy. The plant produces striking light green heads composed of numerous cone-shaped florets that each grow in a logarithmic spiral. I've heard it called "broccoli" or "cauliflower" but surprisingly it is not either one. Its dark blue-green leaves are identical to cauliflower or broccoli when growing in a garden but as soon as the spiral cluster of lime green buds emerges from the central stem you will easily be able to tell the difference. Romanesco is a cool weather-loving plant that thrives in fertile soil. Plants do best spaced 18-24" apart. I love the sweet nutty flavor and highly recommend trying to grow Romanesco in your garden -- not only is it a showstopper, but it is also super nutritious and high in Vitamin C!
Day to Maturity | 75 days
- Seeds | Start seed indoors 6 weeks before the last killing frost, for an early spring crop. Plant in rows 2 1/2 feet apart, with 18 inches to 2 feet between the plants.
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