Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise (math and veggies)

romanesco

Vegetables have a very important place in my kitchen and sometimes I cannot resist buying some of these beauties.

Last week I saw a Romanesco broccoli, also called Roman cauliflower, and I bought this in the purpose not only to cook it, but also to take photos of it.

I placed it on white dish and I realized that this vegetable has really a surprising architecture. What a surprise!

The spiral shape of the whole florescence is a spiral where the florets are assembled. Each floret is a spiral of other spiral florets.

Searching in the intent I found surprising and interesting facts about this:

  • It’s been cultivated in Italy since the 16th century
  • It’s an example of logarithmic spirals
  • it’s fractal geometric shape

What is a fractal?

From Wikipedia: A fractal is a mathematical set that has a fractal dimension that usually exceeds its topological dimension and may fall between the integers.Fractals are typically self-similar patterns, where self-similar means they are “the same from near as from far”. Fractals may be exactly the same at every scale or they may be nearly the same at different scales. The definition of fractal goes beyond self-similarity per se to exclude trivial self-similarity and include the idea of a detailed pattern repeating itself.

romanesco detail

Here more about fractal food

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