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