Romanesco broccoli: A mathematical delight

With its beautiful spiral and lively green, Romanesco broccoli, an alien-looking vegetable, is just too pretty to eat. First documented in Italy in the 16th century, the edible flower bud is from the same family as cauliflower. But they taste different, Romanesco broccoli has a milder and sweeter flavor and a more tender texture.

What's more interesting is that Romanesco broccoli grows with a specific exponential spiral structure – the Fibonacci fractal, attracting countless mathematicians and physicists to study it.

Here are some photos of this interesting plant!

(All images via VCG)

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