Do you remember the gardens you visited as a child? Maybe your grandmother’s vegetable garden or a neighbor’s? Growing up in rural Northern California, one of our neighbors had the most beautiful vegetable garden. Even though I was a young child when I would meander through it, somewhere under nine-years of age, I can recall being so impressed with how tidy, well-tended and organized this garden was. In this garden were artichokes and the plants themselves amazed me because of their size — up to six feet across — with fascinating jagged leaves. What garden made an impression on you as a kid?

If you like artichokes and ribeye steak, your mouth will be watering at Gordon Ramsey’s two-minute video! Here’s a 4-minute video on 10 Reasons to Grow Artichokes. Here’s a 1-minute video recipe for making artichoke-spinach pasta. Finally, here’s a terrific blog with all the ins and outs of planting and growing artichokes.

FunFacts about Artichokes (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. The budding artichoke flower-head is a cluster of many budding small flowers (an inflorescence), together with many bracts, on an edible base. Once the buds bloom, the structure changes to a coarse, barely edible form. Another variety of the same species is the cardoon, a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region. Both wild forms and cultivated varieties (cultivars) exist. (Source)
  • The artichoke is a thistle. Technically, it’s a flower bud that hasn’t bloomed yet.
  • In the 1500s, the Dutch introduced artichokes to England.
  • The artichoke plant can grow anywhere from 4 to 6 feet (1.4 to 2 m) and will produce about 20 artichokes a year.
  • The artichoke is very easy to propagate.
  • The artichoke wasn’t grown in the US until the 20th Century. 
  • The artichoke’s big claim to fame: In 1947 Norma Jean was crowned Castroville’s First Artichoke Queen. She later became famous as Marilyn Monroe.
  • The Italians make a liqueur called Cynar and the artichoke is its primary flavor.
  • The Greeks and Romans considered the artichoke an aphrodisiac.
  • The top artichoke producers are Spain, France and Italy.
  • Artichokes can be made into an herbal tea.
  • Though artichokes can be grown in the desert, they fade against the extreme heat of summer. However, they will bounce back in the fall and the spring.

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36 thoughts on “Artichokes

  1. I love eating artichokes! They’re so tasty but I admit to liking the leaves better than the heart. I guess scraping the leaves is just more fun? Now I’m thinking I should try to grow some!

  2. I never had artichokes so don’t know if I like them or not. Love the pictures especially the ones with the artichokes in bloom. I enjoyed watching the videos you provided and learning about the artichokes.

  3. I am from Wytheville Virginia. Artichokes are a beautiful plant the purple color in them is beautiful. We make an artichoke and spinach dip. It’s out of this world and tastes so yummy. I have never grown any artichokes. Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful bracey.

  4. I love artichokes! I think many people don’t try them because they simply don’t know how to prepare them and then how to eat them. It’s so simple. Go online and follow directions. These are just delicious!

  5. I have never ate them. I don’t think I would like them but I guess I need to go get and find out… Happy 4th of July to everyone in the U.S.

  6. I have only had artichoke dip when my husband went out to dinner one night. It tasted fine in that dish with chips but I would not have a clue how to prepare one at home. Thank you again for sharing with us.

  7. I did not know that artichokes are in the thistle family. Unbelievable for me because the

    thistle even though I think the flowers are beautiful are considered a weed and a nuisance

    where I live. When I was little we had a huge garden two fields in fact. I remember the

    sunflowers that my father grew. I was small and the the sunflowers were huge and very

    tall. I remember being under them and looking up and the flowers were very tall. But I

    liked it when they would bow their heads down and I could pick out the seeds. I would

    imagine that I was a queen the the flowers were my subjects and were bowing to me.

  8. Have only had it once when my neighbor grew them, wasn’t bad. Loved the pics with the flowers-they are such a beautiful color. AZ

  9. I think they look a lot prettier growing in the garden than they do on the plate, but that’s just me.

  10. Thanks, Everyone, for your comments. Some of them made me laugh! Since I grew up eating artichokes and watching mom prepare them, they aren’t a mystery at all. But now that I look at them, they are a bit intimidating! Mom always served them with simple mayonnaise. I loved them.

    Buckeye Arizona USA

  11. I love artichokes. I was introduced to them when I worked in the produce department at the grocery store. I’ve never prepared them myself. I do love them marinated. Sometimes, I buy a jar just for myself.

    denise from mayland

  12. TOTALLY LOVE STUFFED ARTICHOKES! And the heart, OMG! The best part! I now have to get some to make. Since my husband doesn’t like them, more for me. He also doesn’t like pizza!! But, he’ll eat Braunschweiger. I have no idea why I married this guy 45 years ago.

  13. I absolutely love, love, love artichokes in any way 😀 They are in my top 3 mains and side and snack to eat.

  14. My husband and I have Artichoke hearts every time we have streak. It has become a “must” have for some reason…lol

  15. They are odd looking plants but delicious! My mom makes the most amazing artichoke heart dip. I also like it on pizza (especially cold).

  16. They are just okay. I do not grow them nor use them in the kitchen. My favorite photos were the 3rd and 5th ones counting from the bottom upward.

    Tampa Fl

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