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Produce Facts: Artichokes

Dec 18, 2015

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artichokesArtichokes are hand harvested in California nearly year-round. If allowed to flower, the buds develop into magnificent purple-blue blooms about 7 inches wide.

Globe artichokes are the large, unopened flower bud of a plant belonging to the thistle family. The many leaf-like parts making up the bud are called scales.

Peak season is in April and May.

Castroville, California is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. (It is where Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe) was crowned Artichoke Queen in 1947.

Important Facts

  • Store artichokes between 32-36°F with 90-98% humidity.
  • Artichokes should be heavy for their size, compact, and firm with soft green color. 
  • In winter and early spring, bronze-tipped artichokes show the effects of cold temperatures, which experts say indicates tender leaves inside and a rich, nutty flavor. 
  • Some varieties of artichoke display purple coloration

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