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Strange, Strange things in the kitchen!

Posted Nov 18 2009 10:02pm

I thought the strange looking things were supposed to be around on October 31st. I have triple checked the date on m calendar. Nov. 18th. What is going on?

The first of the strange occurrences:

Now, I have come across purple, green, orange, and white cauliflower. Colors don’t surprise me. But then I saw this hunk of glory:

Romanesco... brocolli!

Labeled as “Romanesco Cauliflower”, this vegetable quickly made its way into my shopping basket. I loved the fractal peaks on the surface – what can I say I’m a sucker for math. However, I wanted to know what this was, so I did some more research.

The true name of this vegetable is Romanesco Broccoli, but it does not really resemble its namesake. It was first described in the 16th century in Italy (hence the Italian name), but it was probably consumed for a much longer time. As far as what it really is … it has been ascribed the the species Brassica oleracea L., which includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, and collard greens. Professional plant taxonimists have tried to properly classify it, but there is disagreement as to whether it is more closely related to broccoli, cabbage, or cauliflower. But what is it like?

The texture is similar to cauliflower, although it is a little more tender, and the taste is more mild than either broccoli or cauliflower. Raw, it tastes almost like its normally white cousin, but it has a slightly sweeter taste to me. Nutritionally, this cultivar is pretty great – it has tons of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. Yum!

The next strange thing:

Siamese Shroom!

I love finding things like this! Mushrooms, gummy bears, peanut m&ms…

And finally…

Baby banana!

This was not taken using any sort of visual trick – look at how tiny the banana is! I’ve been using them for my morning oats, and they are definitely different than normal bananas. They seems more starchy, more yellow, and they don’t melt like their larger counterparts. I tried to find out more information on them, but I was at a loss. Does anyone know anything about these mini bananas?

What strange things have you had in your kitchen lately?

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