Sunday, March 5, 2017

Agog in the produce aisle.

These are the flower heads of Romanesco broccoli

From Wikipedia :"...also known as Roman cauliflowerBroccolo RomanescoRomanesque cauliflower or simply Romanesco, or more simply Broccoflower, is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. First documented in Italy, it is chartreuse in color."

I was mesmerized by their fracticality, which isn't a word.  I posted this picture in Instagram and quipped about a bushel full of fractals. (Which refers to repeated iterations of a geometric or mathematical pattern, such as a Fibonacci series--which this plant exemplifies.)

Also from Wikipedia: " The inflorescence (the bud) is self-similar in character, with the branched meristems making up a logarithmic spiral. In this sense the bud's form approximates a natural fractal; 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. The pattern is only an approximate fractal since the pattern eventually terminates when the feature size becomes sufficiently small. The number of spirals on the head of Romanesco broccoli is a Fibonacci number.

It is a plant worth looking at, for a long time.

Apparently you can also eat it.

1 comment:

sarah said...

I, too, recently came across a specimen of this miracle. Too pretty to eat.