The Art of Growing Artichokes (and Eating Them Too)

They thrive in frost-free regions with cool, foggy summers, but growing artichokes in dry and/or frosty climates is feasible with a few adjustments. Their ornamental qualities and tasty buds make them worth the effort.

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After successfully growing artichokes, enjoy the fruits of your labor dipped in butter sauce.
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Artichokes are close kin to the similarly shaped wild thistle. 
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Although they're usually grown for their edible flowerets, 'chokes make an attractive addition to any garden.
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Harvest the flower buds before the leaves start to open. They can be trimmed and filled with your favorite stuffing for a spectacular treat.
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The bases of the leaves, the stem, and especially the "heart" can all be eaten. Check your cookbooks for special recipes.
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Artichokes are just naturally decorative, as well as delicious. 

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