So this evening I was leafing through my copy of The Herbs & Vegetables of Italy by Giacomo Castelvetro (What? Doesn't everyone spend their spare time looking at books about vegetables?), and I came across this painting ...
|Still Life with Christ at Emmaus, Floris van Schooten, c. 1630|
Rijksmuseum - https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/SK-A-2058
I said to myself, "Self, I think that's broccoli." Ok, actually I said something more along the lines of, "ZOMGWFTBBQSQUEEEEEEE! [insert happy little dance here]" but you get the idea.
Still, it doesn't look like modern broccoli - for example the modern stuff can flower, but the blossoms are usually yellow. Brassica oleracea has a lot of weird variants though. Is there a white flowering variant of broccoli? I do a quick google image search and guess what I find. No, don't guess because I'll show you.
|White Sprouting Broccoli|
Image from Solstice.co.uk
That looks pretty much like the same thing to me. Now I have to find a source nearby and see what it's like.