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Okie Dokie, Artichokie

May 2, 2012

While these did not spring forth from the compost pile at the SWOOP House they are without a doubt one of the most striking additions to the gardens there.


If I was camping overnight in a field of artichokes I think I’d sleep with one eye open, wouldn’t you?  Feed me, Seymour!


Look at those blooms!   MAGNIFICENT!


Fun Facts About Artichokes

  • Artichokes are one of the oldest foods known to man. Zeus was said to have turned a scorned lover into an artichoke.
  • In 1948, a young Marilyn Monroe (then Norma Jean) was crowned Castroville‘s first “Artichoke Queen.”
  • Artichokes are said to be aphrodisiacs.
  • Technically, an artichoke is a flower.
  • In full growth, an artichoke plant can spread nine feet in diameter and stand five feet tall, and one plant can produce over 20 artichokes a year.
  • Baby artichokes are simply normal artichoke buds that grow lower on primary artichoke stalks.
  • Americans are divided on the artichoke’s favorite sidekick. Eastern state residents prefer butter while Western region residents opt for mayonnaise or aioli (garlic mayonnaise).
  • Artichokes are a significant source of vitamin C, folic acid and magnesium. Virtually fat-free, the artichoke weighs in at 25 calories (per medium artichoke) and is low in sodium.
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