Roman Broccoli

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The typical Roman Broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. “Italica”), also known as Broccolo Cimoso, has always been present in the Roman countryside, ever since it appeared for the first time. It looks like cauliflower but comes with a peculiar shape: its florets follow a regular pattern organized into a pyramidal shape.

The number of flower heads of Roman Broccoli equals a Fibonacci number. This plant appears light green in colour and belongs to the species whose leaves are not usually eaten, while ripe inflorescences are much appreciated.
The delicate, sweet taste is typical of this plant, as well as of all cauliflowers, but it’s peculiarly recognizable due to its
secondary buds or inflorescences.


Leonardo Pisano, known as Fibonacci, was an Italian mathematician who lived between 1170 and 124. He spearheaded the revival of the exact sciences after the decline of the late ancient age and the late Middle Ages.
He is famous for the sequence of numbers identified and known as “Fibonacci sequence”, such that each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, starting from 0 and 1. That is, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, …

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