Organic Romanesco - 1 head (approx. 1kg)
Romanesco broccoli, botanically classified as Brassica oleracea ‘Romanesco,’ grows on a cool weather plant that belongs to the Brassicaceae family along with cauliflower, mustard, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard, kale, and numerous other edible plants.
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.
Also known as Romanesco broccoli and Romanesco cauliflower in the United States, Romanesco cabbage in Italy, and broccolo Romanesco in France, romanesco is a close cousin of broccoli and cauliflower and grows similarly with a central floret surrounded by broad leafy greens.
Common names of the plant are Romanesco Broccoli, Roman Cauliflower, Broccoflower, Romanesque cauliflower, Buzzy Broc, Broccolo Romanesco, Romanesco Cauliflower or simply Romanesco.
The word broccoli is derived from the Italian term, “broccolo” meaning “the flowering crest of a cabbage.”
Although in Italy there are a number of recipes dedicated to Romanesco broccoli, in the rest of the world it is usually prepared like conventional broccoli.
Like conventional broccoli, overcooking Romanesco will result in a texture some people find unpleasant.
The texture is tenderer than cauliflower, making it suited to raw use as crudités.
Romanesco broccoli has a milder flavor, more creamy and nutty, and less bitter, than conventional broccoli and cauliflower.
The leaves are an underutilized culinary ingredient as they are usually trimmed away before packaging for the market.
Why are they good for you?
As a vegetable Romanesco is a wonderful source of vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber and carotenoids. It helps slow tumor growth and fights off cancer, specifically bladder, breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer.
Listed below are some of the popular health benefits of Romanesco broccoli
1. Good for Eyes
Romanesco broccolis are loaded with Vitamin A, the vitamin that is needed by your eyes in order to function properly. Vitamin A can also reduce the macular degeneration that leads to eye problems!
2. Improves circulation and Heart Health
Romanesco broccoli is rich in iron, which helps to increase the production of red blood cells, improving circulation and heart health. An increase in circulation can also help your brain by supplying more oxygen and nutrients to your noggin’!
3. Fight infection
Romanesco broccoli consists of numerous antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that may help your body fight off infection and disease.
4. Loaded with Natural Fiber
Due to the wonderful amount of natural fiber, Romanesco broccoli goes a long way in managing your cholesterol and blood sugar and is great for your digestion.
5. Reduces cancer risk
Fiber and antioxidants in Romanesco broccoli helps protect you from free radicals that can lead to cancer and other health problems.
6. Boost digestive health
Like broccoli and cauliflower, Romanesco broccolis are loaded with healthy digestive fibers that will do wonders for your digestion and waste elimination!
Serving Size: 0.5 cup 62 g
Calories 20 K cal. Calories from Fat 1.71 K cal.
Proximity Amount % DV
Water 55.47 g N/D
Energy 20 Kcal N/D
Energy 84 kJ N/D
Protein 1.88 g 3.76%
Total Fat (lipid) 0.19 g 0.54%
Ash 0.56 g N/D
Carbohydrate 3.89 g 2.99%
Total dietary Fiber 2 g 5.26%
(source : https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/broccoli#nutrients )
Not evaluated, its fodmap content is unknown. But sharing the traits of cauliflower and broccoli, two vegetables high in fodmaps, it is a vegetable to be avoided in phase 1 and 2.
(source : https://fodmapedia.com/ )
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