Wiltshire, United Kingdom
I am not a lover of cauliflower, but discovered Romanesco whilst on holiday in Suffolk last year. Bought 2 fairly large heads for about £1, & searched for some when we returned home. Local farmers market had some . . . £1.75 for something not much larger than a golf ball! Oh yes but it is organic sir . . . 'should be gold plated for that price’!! Stick organic/disabled or anything similar in front of a product & inflate the cost as much as you think people are stupid enough to pay
I digress, apologies. Have grown my own from seed this year in fibre pots originally & then transplanted into a raised bed in which a mix of topsoil and multi-purpose compost had been placed. They have put on a lot of growth (about the same height as a Brussels sprout plant 24 - 36 inches) but do not appear to be 'hearting up' whatsoever. I may be wrong in my thinking here, but I thought being a member of the cauliflower/broccoli type of brassicas, it would be a lot closer to the ground whilst growing. Having said that I may have answered my own question as I seem to remember growing sprouting broccoli previously and that grew quite leggy. Should maybe add that this is the first time I've grown veg in a raised bed as having moved to a smaller house I no longer have a veg plot per se & the plants have been covered with net for some time due to an abundance of cabbage white butterflies.
For those of you who may not have tasted Romanesco try it if you get chance . . tastes like a cross between cauli & broccoli, with a slightly 'nutty' taste & this from a cauli hater!!
Sorry this has been quite long winded, would appreciate thoughts on whether I'm likely to get a crop off these plants this year or not.
Thanks in anticipation
- 2 Aug, 2009