The centre (heart) of the large flower-buds form the edible portion of the plant.
The Artichoke is hardy and best grown in a slightly frost protected position facing north or west. Soil should be very well composted and free draining.
It may be eaten on its own or used as a healthy addition to various savoury dishes. Boiled artichokes are a suitable choice for appetisers eaten with mayonnaise of butter based dips. Artichoke hearts are an integral part of various Italian pizza recipes. Many baked artichoke dishes are quite popular in international cuisines. In various cuisines, artichoke is used as one of the ingredients in making ‘herbal tea’ due to the fact that artichoke has some healing powers. Artichoke recipes also include liquors that are flavored with this wonderful vegetable.
|Harvest||Harvest the spring ripened hearts.|
|Position||Sun to Part Sun; Plant 90cm apart|