Nerds Attracted to Cauliflower

I read this morning in the LA times that Romanesco Cauliflower, with its repeating fractal pattern, is drawing students (groupies) from Cal Polytechnic to Farmers Market stands where they stare at it for long periods.

romanesco cauliflower fractal pattern broccoli

I know lots of people who would perhaps partake in this type of slightly anti-social behavior; I went to a nerd school myself.

Understandably, it seems strange to the rest of world who are probably attracted to the vegetable because of it’s pretty chartreuse color, or its nutty flavor and crumbly texture when roasted with olive oil.

But I have decided that true to my nerdy roots, I am going to grow this for the pure pleasure of watching a plant produce angular, pyramidal curds in a regular mathematical pattern.

Is there anything wrong with that?  I think not.

And I am looking forward to giving some of it to my little people this fall to sell at our Farmers Market Kids Weekend, to see if we attract any local MIT, Tufts, Harvard or WPI  cauliflower groupies to come a stare at our Romanesco.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Laurie Brown on February 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    It kind of has that effect on me, but after admiring I do eat the thing.

  2. Patrick Bunnell on February 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Rochelle when you have your first Romanesco Cauliflower Staring Party I am wicked coming.

  3. Michelle Gervais on February 15, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Ah, Fibonacci, you speak me!

  4. Home Design Ideas on January 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm

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    I have bookmarked it for later!

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