Switzerland's fractal supermarket cabbages

John Walker, an expat in Switzerland, writes this lovely appreciation for the Romanesco cabbage, a grocery-store vegetable that is amazing in its fractal complexity and loveliness:

Nearly exact self-similar fractal forms occur do in nature, but I'd never seen such a beautiful and perfect example until, some time after moving to Switzerland, I came across a chou Romanesco like the one above in a grocery store. This is so visually stunning an object that on first encounter it's hard to imagine you're looking at a garden vegetable rather than an alien artefact created with molecular nanotechnology. But of course, then you realise that vegetables are created with molecular nanotechnology, albeit the product of earthly evolution, not extraterrestrial engineering.


(Thanks, Mark!)