Post First Published: June 19 2022 10:18 PM Post First Updated: September 30 2022 5:38 PM
A Little About Artichoke And Their Origin
Artichokes are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables that have been enjoyed for centuries. It’s been agreed generally by historians that artichoke is a native of the Mediterranean perennial plant. However, there have been other speculations that it came from Sicily or the Italian region while others have hinted it came from Northern Africa.
Artichokes are actually the better version of Cardoon which tends to be smaller and prickly.
They first gained their popularity in the 1905’s with an increased interest majorly because of their gourmet flavor and fascinating look.
California’s Official Vegetable
On April 10th, 2013 artichokes were proclaimed to be California’s Official Vegetable by Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom. Although artichokes had been voted by KGO Morning News listeners to be the official FOOD, Mr. Newsom, in a political about face and in order to pacify the losing commodities, made a unilateral decision to name Artichokes as the official vegetable, thereby opening the door for an official fruit, grain, nut, and what have you.
The California artichoke growers are pleased that artichokes are receiving their just recognition. 99.99% of all commercially grown artichokes are grown in California and no other commodity can claim such exclusivity to the state. Artichokes are truly California’s vegetable.
Come and celebrate the 2020 Artichoke Festival, which will be held on May 30th and 31st at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Visit their website, artichokefestival.org
Artichoke can be prepared in different manners such as boiling, steaming, grilling, as well as frying. Even though globe artichokes are a bit awkward to cut through and prepare, once you’ve been able to master the act of preparations, then you can enjoy this great-tasting vegetable.
Prepare artichokes the following way:
- Trim the stem roughly into 5 cm.
- Detach the outer leaves until you can see the pale center leaves.
- Then take away any leftover hard outer leaves with the help of a peeler.
- Further cut across the top of the artichoke heart unfold or reveal the choke (i.e. the hairy part in the center of the choke).
- With the help of a spoon, scoop out the choke and dispose of it.
- Then you can proceed to cook your artichoke. Make sure you cook it as soon as possible to prevent discoloration and oxidization.
Where Are Artichokes Grown: Conclusion
Artichokes being a food-giving plant is one of the oldest foods eaten by humans. They are one of the oldest vegetable grown and consumed for centuries. Used in culinary applications and it offers great health benefits.
Grown from Southern European countries such as Italy, France, and Spain are the majority of artichokes. In the United States, California is one of the major producers of artichokes. However, Italy is the major producer of artichokes in the world.
So, we do hope you’ve learned some things about where artichokes are grown from.