What’s what in the box – 15th November 2010

In this week’s video, Guy talks about cauliflower and broccoli.

what’s what in the box – 15th november 2010

cauliflower and broccoli

These have similar flavours but different seasons. Cauliflower is at its best from September to May, romanesco is in season from September to November. Broccoli is only in season in the UK from June to October. Purple sprouting broccoli is in season from March to April.

All of these can be substituted for one another in recipes but it’s important that when you chop them up you get them into similar sized pieces so they cook at the same rate.


Treat it in the same way as a cauliflower, but the florets are longer and thinner and sometimes cook a bit better. It has a crunchy texture and a sweeter, nutty flavour.


The stalk is nice and can be chopped up

purple sprouting broccoli

The decision you have to make is how tough it is. Sometimes the base of the stalk is tough, so break it and see if it’s worth peeling.

6 responses to “What’s what in the box – 15th November 2010

  1. If I was cooking a whole romanesco, (or even halves) approx how long would that take? And is it better steamed, or cooked with a little water in a pan?
    Am loving these weekly videos, which certainly give confidence when cooking unusual vegetables. Many thanks!

  2. My kind of Guy …….. You look as tasty as the vegetables and twice as wholesome, with thoroughly ethical credentials and provenance. Tell me, is there a Mrs Watson ?!

  3. Romanesco = best eaten raw! absolutely delicious.

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