Romanesco broccoli, an algorithmic beauty, cross between broccoli and cauliflower, sometimes called Broccoflower, is one of these plants that would let you think for a while if you're not in front of part of an out-of-this-world flora.
Broccoli, originally cultivated by the Etruscans and brought to Tuscany with them, place from where it was distributed later on, is one of the vegetables with anti-carcinogenic properties, from the genus Brassica known as one of the most effective at reducing the risk of cancer . This property may be explained by the principle bioactive compounds, isothiocyanates (ITCs) , and diindolylmethane, a compound that is produced naturally during the digestion of indole-3-carbinol, a molecule found in Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables of its family, the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae. Image: Romanesco broccoli by Leon Brocard under Creative Commons license (CC by 2.0).
BRASSICA OLERACEA (BOTRYTIS GROUP)
Common name: Romanesco broccoli, Broccoflower.