Saturday, January 21, 2012

A fractal vegetable

Fractal Broccoli
Brassica oleracea 
Romanesco broccoli resembles cauliflower, but with two important differences: First its maintains broccoli's light green color. Second and most amazingly, Romanesco broccoli organizes into a natural fractal. Its myriad buds (the small bumps on the top of cauliflower and broccoli) self-organize into a repeating logarithmic spiral, which results in an enticing vegetable, almost to beautiful to eat! Each of the buds is a potential flower which doesn't fully develop.

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