This didn’t end up looking like a fractal broccoli -Looks like a strange looking homegrown vegetable of some sort. I can report it taste fantastic roasted with a bit of cheese, olive oil and salt. Simple and tasty.
Romanesco heads are a little over mature as it’s pretty loose but I’m glad I got a pretty big head of Broccoli as this plant kept getting bigger and bigger. I was getting quite worried it wasn’t going to produce a head as there isn’t that much information out there. A lot of people seem to pull out the plant before allowing it to head. Let me tell you, be patient! I believe all of my plants are heading now. Just when you think they’re not going to produce anything edible, take a little peek and little beautiful heads are hidden in the center of the beastly plant.
The main stalk had a pretty sweet flavour – more like Cauliflower. The thinner stalks were more like broccoli and more fibrous. I can’t seem to work out how long these plants have been growing but definitely for at least 7 months. Probably more like 8-9 months before it started heading. I doubt if it is possible to grow this in a container as it is such a ginormous plant. Perhaps you may get small heads with smaller plants.
The plants are pretty easy to maintain, just need to watch out for caterpillars (like all cabbage family plants). I can’t say I did anything special to encourage heading – it just started to produce heads as soon the weather cooled down here in San Diego.
I would like to grow this again as I luckily got a giant sized head but as it does take up a lot of space, I will probably put it somewhere more inconspicuous. Highly recommend trying to grow this. I got my organic seeds on eBay.