PeachDish – The Golden Ratio in Food
November 13, 2015 by Mary Alice Shreve, RD, LD

The Golden Ratio in Food

We're taking you back to Math class … but don't fret! This math is fun, and it has to do with food. Remember the Golden Ratio? This is a number roughly equal to 1.618 and is known to produce the most aesthetically pleasing shapes by creating balanced proportions. The Golden Ratio ties in with the Fibonacci Sequence- that phenomenon with this series of numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, ... where the next number is the sum of the previous two numbers. The ratio of any two successive numbers in the sequence is approximately the Golden Ratio. Hooked yet?


What does this all have to do with food, you may ask? The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Sequence show up in nature – and particularly in edible nature – left and right. Spiral structures found in nature reflect this numerical sequence. We find these spirals in foods like artichokes, Romanesco broccoli, and pineapples. In our upcoming Honey-Drizzled Cabbage with Pecans & Crumbled Feta, red cabbage serves as the perfect example of the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Sequence manifesting themselves in nature. Red cabbage's spiral pattern represents the flow of these numbers, and the result is an intricate design that is pleasing to the eye.

One can also see this sequence in other forms of nature. The sunflower and rose both exhibit this design as do shells and pinecones. Even hurricane patterns resemble this style!


Order Honey-Drizzled Cabbage with Pecans & Crumbled Feta by Sunday, November 15th at midnight to appreciate the beauty of the Golden Ratio on your own dinner plate!


Golden Ratio Fibonacci Sequence Red Cabbage Vegetarian