My eldest son wants nothing to do with vegetables. If there is even a green speck from a spice in his food, he will pick it out. However, when I tell people he doesn’t eat any vegetables, he proudly interjects, “Yes, I do!” And my response is always, “Oh really? What vegetables do you eat?” which is followed with, “I eat broccoli (of which he has repeatedly gagged on), and I eat seaweed (I have a hard time considering dried seaweed covered in salt and oil a real vegetable)!
So, when I recently brought home some romanesco broccoli, aka broccoflower, I thought perhaps explaining the “math” behind the vegetable might entice him into trying it. Apparently, romanesco broccoli is a natural fractal, which means each bud is made-up of a series of smaller buds, which are arranged in a continuous logarithmic spiral. It piqued his curiosity, but of course, after prompting him to try it, he graciously declined. Oh well, it was worth a shot.