Local ingredient: Romanesco
Published: April 30, 2014
If you can’t take a bite before snapping a shot of your food, get that camera ready, because this striking veg will have all your Instagram followers double-tapping their screens. Related to both broccoli and cauliflower, this edible flower grows naturally in a Fibonacci fractal (a spiral pattern, if you’re not a math nerd) and features a neon-chartreuse hue and spiky minaret-shaped florets. It’s prepared similarly to cauliflower – equally happy steamed, roasted, or thin-sliced and dressed in a strong sauce or vinaigrette – but the psychedelic Romanesco is crunchier and nuttier than its cruciferous cousins. Sample Romanesco on the Smiling Bison’s spring vegetable harvest plate, a veritable Pride flag of high-end seasonal produce that also includes rainbow carrots, purple potatoes and cheddar cauliflower.