While I was in our local upscale grocery-market today, an amazing little vegetable caught my eye. It was something called “Romanesco” broccoli (Brassica romanesco, as it turns out), and it is one of the most beautiful natural fractals I’ve ever seen. Smitten, I bought one, and when I got it home I snapped a couple of pictures of it with my cell-phone. Here it is:

There are lots of better photos online, for example here and here — and here’s a computer-generated version.

I’d never seen this before. Have you?

One Comment

  1. Kevin Kim says

    Yes, I have! It made an appearance on “Iron Chef America.” And Alton Brown, nerd that he is, mentioned fractals in his description of the veggie.

    Posted February 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

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