Thursday, April 14, 2011

...and today's fractal vegetable is:

(see photos below)

A member of the broccoli-cauliflower family, grown widely in northern Italy.
One of my students tried it when visiting family in Spain.
She'd taken a picture of it on her phone, which she showed to me and the rest of the class today.
I had to google it--wanted to know more about it...

Cool, eh?

(photo courtesy of

And, the above, from this article:

I'm a fan of unusual foods and love the forms/shapes/colors of produce...but somehow I'd never seen/heard of this before! I'm totally fascinated...I wonder if you can buy it here? Surely, the foodie-fication of America has led to some farmers' markets somewhere to offer this edible sculpture? Any of you seen/eaten it before?


...and speaking of unusual foods--when living in Nicaragua, we were able to see a whole year-cycle of fruits/vegetables, including many things we'd never seen before, such as this:

So. Now you know how cashews grow. In trees, each nut being inside the comma-shaped carapace on the bottom of a pendulous bell-pepper-esque fruit. (No wonder they're relatively expensive, eh?) to say 'cashew' en español?
Take your pick, depending on where you want to say it:

Anacardo (en España)
Castaña de cajú (en Uruguay, Argentina y Chile)
Cajuil (En República Dominicana)
Marañón (en Perú, sureste de México, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Cuba y Centroamérica)
   (this is the word I learned when living in Nicaragua)
Merey, en Venezuela
Nuez de la India (en el norte y centro de México)
Pajuil (en Puerto Rico)
Jocote Marañon (En Guatemala)

¡Viva la variedad!


  1. Nothing like posts that include photos and food. My favorite. :)

  2. What's that shape that called that occurs in nature and has some fancy mathematical formula named after it? Oh how I wish I could remember it so that I could make a clever comment on the spiral shape of that fabulous veg.
    Sigh. Sadly my colander of a brain has let me down.

  3. Ahh--someone HERE in the US HAS eaten Romanesco! Good to know! Available in Seattle, wouldn't you know...Yay for 'locavore-friendly' produce-growers!