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How to cook Romanesco cauliflower (infographic)

Feb. 11, 2016

With its fun fractals and tree-like florets, Romanesco cauliflower adds a psychedelic spin to your CSA box. But how do you make the most of it? Ursula Ridens, an outpatient dietitian and certified intuitive eating counselor at Sharp HealthCare, shares three nutritious cooking methods.

How to cook Romanesco cauliflower (infographic). Romanesco cauliflower, also called Romanesco broccoli, seems too pretty to eat. But this spiraled sensation is fun, flavorful and packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Romanesco refers to an edible flower. It tastes very similar to regular cauliflower, but with a slightly nuttier, earthier flavor. I had never tried Romanesco cauliflower until it arrived in my CSA (community supported agriculture) box, says Ursula Ridens, RD, an outpatient dietician at Sharp HealthCare. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was it pretty to look at, but it was fun to try something new. I loved the extra crunch! Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a compound also found in broccoli and Brussels sprouts. It may help reduce the risk of colon cancer and protect heart health. Ridens recommends these 3 ways to eat Romanesco cauliflower: Blanched with pasta. 1. Cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets. 2. Blanch (boil for 3 minutes, then drain and cool with ice water). 3. Mix with cooked pasta, veggies and feta cheese. In a curry. 1. Break up cauliflower and roast at 400° F until golden brown. 2. Heat ginger, mustard seeds, curry, turmeric and chili powder into a saucepan with butter. 3. Mix in the roasted cauliflower. 4. Serve with basmati rice. As a side. 1. Cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets. 2. Toss with olive oil, lemon or thyme. 3. Roast at 400 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes.

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