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How To Roast Romanesco

Romanesco is one of my all-time favorite vegetables. While at Melissa’s Produce last month, I was able to bring home some to prepare a dish for my family.

Melissa’s Produce Description of Romanesco

Melissa's Produce Romanesco

Though Romanesco looks like a vegetable from another planet, it is a member of the Brassica family that includes cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage.

The bright green symmetrical spirals of varying sizes are actually individual buds of the plants flower. It is believed that Italian farmers in the 16th developed the variety through cross-breeding.

Romanesco tastes very similar to cauliflower, but with a slightly nuttier, earthier flavor. Regular-sized Romanesco is about the same size of a normal head of cauliflower; there is also a “teenage” Romanesco, which is about half the size.

How to Eat Romanesco

Garlic Roasted Romanesco Recipe

The vegetable can be enjoyed raw. I will often chop it into small pieces, and serve it to my kids with ranch dressing for an after school snack. I also enjoy adding it to quiches and pastas. My favorite way to prepare romanesco is to roast it, and it is such a simple recipe.

Roasted Romanesco Recipe

Simple Romanesco Recipe


1 Head of romanesco from Melissa’s Produce
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
2 Garlic cloves
Salt and Pepper to taste


1. First, clean the romanesco

2. Next, put it into a baking dish.

Melissa's Produce Garlic

3. Then top it with the olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.

How to Cook with Romanesco

4. Plus, I often put some extra garlic in the bottom of the baking dish to roast for future recipes.

5. Serve with your favorite protein. Also, it can also be added to pasta with olive oil and parsley.

Garlic Roasted Romanesco

Enjoy making this healthy and delicious vegetable for your family this winter. Your kids are going to love it, and their bodies will be fueled with lots of wonderful nutrients.

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