Saturday, August 21, 2010
Over time I am sure most of you know about our keen appetite for artichokes in this house. Our children grew up with them and continue to enjoy this culinary delight when possible. And they will hopefully pass on the obsession to their children.
This spring I found some artichoke (french globe) seeds in Big Town and started them off in my greenhouse. Three of the starters graduated to the garden in May and they have been watched with eager anticipation. I suppose I could confess to singing to the little plants and fondling the leaves and talking encouraging words to these treasures. Those tactics are all rumored to help with the growth of plants!
On Thursday morning during my routine early morning garden inspection I saw that 1 stalk has broken through to the top and has a wonderful, beautiful bud just sitting there. When I return for a Wednesday morning inspection I am hoping more stalks have popped up. I was so excited that of course I had to photograph it and have been thinking of it all the time I have been gone.
Did you know:
One artichoke plant can produce more than 20 artichokes per year.
In 1947 Marilyn Monroe, then still going by her given name Norma Jean, was crowned Castroville's first Artichoke Queen.
It wasn't until the 20th century that artichokes were grown in the United States.
The top artichoke producers today are Spain, France, and Italy.
"Eating an artichoke is like getting to know someone really well." - Willi Hastings