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Old December 3, 2007   #1
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Default Pantano Romanesco & Market Wonder

Has anyone grown either Pantano Romanesco Or Market Wonder, two Italian varieties. Taste??, productivity??

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Old October 21, 2019   #2
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I know this is super late, but as no one's replied, I figured I'd add my two cents.

I haven't grown Pantano Romanesco, yet, but I've read lots of reviews that make it sound like it ought to be extremely popular for taste, production, and other qualities.

I have grown a tomato labeled Market Wonder, from seeds obtained from wintersown.org in the fall of 2014. I grew a few plants in 2015, in not-ideal conditions. The seedlings grew quite large. It had a small amount of heat-tolerance. The fruits were firm, flattened, and blocky, with Brandywine-type taste qualities (but I'd rather eat it than a Brandywine type). They were bigger than salad-sized, but not by too much. I'm thinking it's maybe a 70-day tomato. I wouldn't describe it as mild in flavor (it was fairly potent). Another taster really seemed to like it. In the conditions I had it in, it wasn't super prolific, but I got fruit. I want to grow it again in better conditions, but I still haven't done it.

I had three plants. One was shaded and crowded in a raised bed. One was a cutting of that one, right next to it. The other was in a sunny area with soil that tomatoes struggled a lot in.

There are two varieties that Market Wonder could refer to. I'm not sure which one mine was/is.

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I gave away a couple of romanesco plants in May,mine were duds but the guy I gave them to wants to grow them again next year.
He runs an Italian restaurant so he must know good from bad.
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Well, I just had the Romenesco for dinner tonight. It's delicious. It is also beautiful. Small spiral cone shapes as opposed to the more bud like cauliflower.
I have a problem with all brassicas. So I don't grow them.

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Old October 22, 2019   #5
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Old chef, there's the brassica vegetable Romanesco and the tomato variety called Romanesco. I think they're discussing tomatoes. That said, I do love the look & taste of the "geometric cauliflower"


PS- grew Dark Galaxy this year from your seeds. Excellent taste & gorgeous looks!

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Pantano Romanesco was a dud, here. But, the vast majority of red globes and red beefsteaks are duds in my garden.
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I think it was too hot and rainy for them.
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