These are called Romanesca Broccoli and I think that they are stupendously beautiful. We started them from seed last summer, and in early August transplanted about 20 of them from pots into the ground. We had such a cool summer that they didn’t really take off. But summer was followed by a pretty mild winter, and look at them now!
They are perfectly wonderful mandalas. They have a central focus, then spread out in a seemingly limitless fashion. They hold the promise of the universe in the intensity of their color, the great variety of their surface, and the depth of their rounded form. If we choose, we can read many meanings into them, and they can speak to our souls.
But most important, did I mention that they are utterly delicious? Sauté them, or steam them. Or prepare them in my favorite way. Roast them with just a little olive oil and salt. 425 degrees, for twelve minutes (or thirteen).