Romanesco Natalino is also known as Roman cauliflower or broccoflower. This is a variety that has been grown in Italy for over 400 years. It is much more tender than modern broccoli and cauliflower. Romanesco has a mild, creamy taste and is a little bit nutty. Try it raw or lightly steamed/sauteéd. It is completely unique looking vegetable with spiraling apple-green heads. Plant in mid-winter in mild climates and May-June in cool climates.
7,000 seeds/oz.; 1/2-1 lb./acre; 10 days, 70°F.
Decrease temperature after germination; grow on at 60°F. Start in early spring indoors and plant outside when 4 weeks old. Can also be started from seed in late July for fall crops.