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Web Chef Review: Ontario Romanesco Broccoflower at Harvest Barn Country Markets

This is an Ontario Romanesco Broccoflower from Harvest Barn Country Markets, which is an amazing vegetable.

Web Chef Review: Ontario Romanesco Broccoflower - cookingwithkimberly.comWhat on earth is broccoflower?

It is a hybrid cross, between broccoli and cauliflower, but what a truly beautiful plant it is.

A lovely green cup of leaves, that hold the lemony green pyramid-like vegetable head or curd, in the center, which is made up of bumpy, little florets in a fractal pattern. It is organized much like the way broccoli holds all the little trees. It’s such an interesting arrangement, and pretty enough to make a sweet, little centerpiece for your kitchen counter.

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The taste of this attractive Romanesco broccoflower has a milder taste than broccoli or cauliflower, and it’s slightly nutty.

Web Chef Review: Ontario Romanesco Broccoflower - cookingwithkimberly.comIt is high in fiber, high in vitamin C and higher in protein than cauliflower, and when eaten raw, it has a very appealing crunch. When cooked, it holds together well, so you get all the little trees intact.

Everything on the plant is edible, including the stalk and leaves, so nothing need go to waste. The stalk and leaves would make a tasty addition to any of your stocks, stews or soups.

This Romanesco broccoflower came from the Harvest Barn Country Market in Niagara-on-the-Lake. There is another one in St. Catharines, Southern Ontario, and you can find them online:

Harvest Barn seems to have an interesting surprise like this for me every time I go there.

Their fresh produce and other products, are brought in to their market, as much as is possible, from within a 100 radius of their locations. In this way, their fresh produce can be picked ripe and transported quickly for their shelves.

This policy avoids lengthy transportation time, during which fresh produce can easily deteriorate, bruise and get damaged. When you look at the Harvest Barn’s fresh produce, you can easily see how beautifully fresh it is and it looks so good, you are inclined to want to buy one of each thing.

Try to get in to the Harvest Barn Country Market nearest you and have a look at their seasonal squash, pumpkins and gourds – they are really a sight to behold. Their fruit and veggies look so good, it’s hard to resist tasting them on the spot.

Introduce your family to a Romanesco Broccoflower – I think kids will enjoy eating the little, green trees that taste so delicious, and can be eaten raw with a nice dip, or cooked with a little bit of butter or melted cheese, to appeal to those who hesitate to try new foods. Once you try it, I think it will be a new favorite for you too.

Be brave and pick up an Ontario Romanesco Broccoflower at Harvest Barn Country Markets and taste this wonderfully flavorful vegetable.

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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