In our last CSA box, we found this....
Our first question: What is this thing?
We had no idea what it was. It kinda looked like a cauliflower. It kinda looked like broccoli.
My second question: If I have no idea what it is, how do we cook it?
My first task on Mission Identify the Vegetable was to look up the newsletter from the CSA. Thankfully, the newsletter identified the vegetable for us. It's called romanesco broccoli. But it's sometimes called Roman caulifower or broccoflower or coral broccoli. It's a form of cauliflower.
But the mission wasn't quite accomplished. I still had to figure out how I was going to cook this new-to-us vegetable.
So I thought about it a little bit....thought about how I like to eat cauliflower and broccoli. And what do both of those veggies taste good in?? Stir-fry. So I chopped up the romanesco broccoli along with some other veggies and I made chicken stir-fry for dinner. It was delicious.
You're probably wondering what does it taste like?
Only Dave and I know and we'll never tell!
Just kidding! When it was raw, I thought it tasted a lot like broccoli. But when it was cooked, I thought it tasted more like a cauliflower.
If you ever come across the vegetable at the grocery store or a farmers' market, I recommend that you try it.