In honor of getting to see Benoît Mandelbrot speak yesterday at IBM in Cambridge, and of his mention of the crazy-cool cauliflower/broccoli mix romanesco, I tried to draw a 2-D version of the fractal veggie in Processing. I wanted to project it onto cones, but I just don’t have the time right now.

This is a fractal-like thing I made up from Fermat’s spiral and discs, which I’ve been playing around with lately.

romanesco computer generated real romanesco

Another really nice photo of romanesco
Nice collection of photos and commentary on romanesco and fractals

July 26, 2007. computers/programming, food, patterns. 2 Comments.


  1. Kamilah replied:

    That is one bizarre-looking vegetable. Thank you for sharing.

    August 17th, 2007 at 1:54 pm. Permalink.

  2. Nils replied:

    Hey, I’m a student from Germany and have a math project about fractals in nature… and I picked the Romanesco as one of the examples. However, I’m not sure how an equation describing the whole thing (i.e. not just one spiral) would look like. Any ideas?

    A quick response would be much appreciated (:


    February 17th, 2008 at 5:00 pm. Permalink.

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