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Romanesco

This unique vegetable is not only incredible looking, but it has an even better nutritional profile than cauliflower.

This unique vegetable is not only incredible looking, but it has an even better nutritional profile than cauliflower. The leaves are crisp and chewy with an earthy, nutty, and slightly bitter flavour that becomes sweetened when cooked.
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A chargrilled Romanesco salad, or pickled with sliced red onions, cooked crunchy with salsa verde or as a spicy Romanesco pakora with a mango and tamarind dip.
FACTS
  • The plant is native to Eastern Mediterranean and was imported into Italy at the end of the 16th Century. From there it migrated north into Germany and France.
  • The inflorescence (the bud) has an approximate self-similar character, with the branched meristems making a logarithmic spiral.
  • Each bud is composed of a series of smaller buds, all arranged in yet another logarithmic spiral. This self-similar pattern continues at several smaller levels.
  • Genus: Brassica and the species Brassica oleracea. Family: Brassicaceae.

WHY ARE THEY SO GOOD?

Vitamin C 45mg/100g (50% RNI)

Vitamin C is an antioxidant required for a large number of metabolic functions in the human body and especially in the immune system. It also aids in healing wounds and can repair tissues (like collagen) and ensure healthy gums. It is also present in high concentrations in the adrenal glands that help us deal with stress.

Vitamin B6 0.128mg/100g (9.85% RNI)

It is involved in production of haemoglobin, the protein in blood that carries oxygen throughout the body and is needed for proper brain development (in children) and function. It helps the body make the hormone serotonin (which regulates mood) and noradrenaline (which helps your body cope with stress).

Iron 0.45mg/100g (5.6% RNI)

Iron helps to increase the production of red blood cells – boosting circulation, which means more oxygen and nutrients transported throughout your body! This increase in circulation is the key to improving brain function, as more oxygen and nutrients to the brain can lead to better brain health and faster response time.

Folate (B9) 25ug/100g (6.5% RNI)

It is needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow, convert carbohydrates into energy and produce DNA. Adequate folate intake is extremely important during periods of rapid growth such as pregnancy, infancy and adolescence. It can help to lower homocysteine levels – a type of amino acid that at high levels can increase the risk of heart disease and inflammation.

Other health properties

The many antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals it contains go a long way toward fighting disease and infection. It is loaded with healthy digestive fibres that will do wonders for your digestion and waste elimination, supporting digestive health! The vitamin K, omega 3 fatty acids and B vitamins in this vegetable can help to improve heart health.

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