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Roasted Romanesco

Recipe by Dr. Joanne Mumola Williams

Weird Facts & Trivia - 8

Romanesco broccoli is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. First documented in Italy, it is chartreuse in color. Romanesco has a striking appearance because its form is a natural approximation of a fractal.

In ancient Greece, Rosemary was

Sonoma County, CA. ~ I In- stagrammed this picture last week and several of my east coast relatives asked, “what the

heck is

that?” So I guess these


veggies aren’t too common. Luckily, they are readily avail- able in our local markets here in Sonoma County.

For some reason, I’ve recently become obsessed with this tasty vegetable and have been preparing them at least twice a week for the past month - always roasting them with a drizzle of olive oil and

a sprinkling of spices. So sim- ple, yet incredibly flavorful with just the right amount of crunch. Although people com- pare them mostly to


their taste is far more delicate.

Here’s how I pre- pare them (and although I say 4 servings, Doug and I polish off the entire head by our- selves.)


baking pan with

parchment (parchment is op- tional and just helps with cleanup.)

INGREDIENTS 1 head Romanesco 1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt, pepper and garlic pow der to taste

Wedge of lemon (optional) DIRECTIONS:

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a shallow baking pan with parchment.

Break up the Romanesco

into small pieces. Cut the larger pieces in half. Place on the pan and drizzle with olive oil. Toss until the pieces are coated evenly with the oil. Then, sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps. ~ Sharon Draper

Roast in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes until browned and easily pierced with a fork. Stir midway through cooking. Remove from the oven and squeeze the wedge of lemon over the roasted Romanesco and serve immediately.

YIELD 4 Sevings

recognized for its alleged ability to strengthen the brain and memory. Greek students would braid Rosemary into their hair to help them with their exams. Also known as the herb of remembrance, it was placed on the graves of English heroes.

Astronomers searching for the building blocks of life in signals from a cloud at the center of the galaxy, failed to find evidence for amino acids. However they did find a substance called ethyl formate, the chemical responsible for the flavor of raspberries which also smells of rum.

Sunset at

Point Aragos, Oregon,

November of 2018 ~ Photo: P.A.D.

Spring is a true reconstructionist. ~ Henry Timrod


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