28 Feb
2015

EXTRATERRESTRIAL VEGETABLE FOUND IN FLORIDA

Broccolo romanesco, just another everyday item in the markets in Rome, but a thing of wonder at a Whole Foods in Florida.  Good thing I was there that day to make the ID.  The shoppers were perplexed, even a bit scared.  (You know, sort of how a full body snapper on ice can cause mass revulsion.)

BROCCOLO ROMANESCO

I, on the other hand, wanted to pick up the whole bunch and hug them.  How can something you cook in a steamer have such an effect?

It happens when the smallest thing can make one Rome-sick, such as seeing this broccoli-cauliflower out of its element. The effect is one of longing, of sweet remembrance for a place I once called my second home and that at times seemed more like my real home than any place I’ve ever lived.

Now if I could just find one of those purple tinged Roman artichokes, tender to the stem with no fuzzy stuff inside. How Rome-sick would that make me!

ROMAN ARTICHOKES

1 Comment

  • Hooray for your Whole Foods! Rome is coming to you these days (food-wise, of course)–and I would love to come for dinner!