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Romanesco can be sown undercover from March until April. I start off all my cauliflowers undercover, two seeds to a module, planting them out when they are 3in (8cm) or so tall. The spiralled heads will be ready from late summer into March. There is an early variety, known either as ‘Ottobrino or ‘Early Romanesco which can be sown from early February and harvested from July.

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All coloured cauliflowers retain their colour best when roasted or steamed; boiling removes most of their bright pizzaz. ‘Sicilia Violetta with its compact head and sweet nuttiness, is perhaps my favourite of these.

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