Scientists decipher how Romanesco broccoli gets its freaky fractal shape

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Do I need a fractal fork to eat fractal broccoli?

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Don’t forget the spoon for fractal soup!

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the trick is to fool the tine of the fork to think it’s failed so it becomes a stem.

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No, but be sure to cook it in a Klein bottle.
https://www.kleinbottle.com/

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Roast it, don’t steam it.

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We’re gonna need a bigger pan.

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I disagree. Roasting can be nice, but one blink of an eye too long and it tastes bad imho.

I prefer them old fashionedly boiled (heresy, I know). But very short. Just bring the water to a boil and then turn of the heat. Let it sit in the hot water for about 10 minutes (doesn’t need to be very precise) and then pour off the water. This way they stay nice and firm. Steaming can work as well, but it’s easy to do it too long and steam them to a bland pulp.

Also, when boiling you can put something in the water. A pinch of salt and some black pepper is nice imho.

My kids love it. Purely based on the way it looks, because they hate cauliflower.

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So, artificially created self limited flower bud cancer?

(o.k. I know that it doesn’t meet technical qualia, but it’s weird to think about a failed structure not apoptosing, but then having an accelerating rate of creation and failure of progressively smaller similar structures.)

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