Brassica oleracea

Pliny included what he called cyma among his descriptions of cultivated plants in Natural History: “Ex omnibus brassicae generibus suavissima est cyma,”[1] (“Of all the varieties of cabbage the most pleasant-tasted is cyma”).[2] Pliny’s descriptions likely refer to the flowering heads of an earlier cultivated variety of Brassica oleracea, but comes close to describing modern cauliflower.


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  1. The word “cyme” is a botanical term for a flat-topped flower cluster and is from the same Latin word “cyma” which means “at the summit” (where a cyme would be located).

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