Artichokes in Bloom

March 25, 2010 in Uncategorized by Jen

The California Farm Bureau Federation announced on March 10, 2010, that artichoke season has begun. At this time of year, artichokes will not only be easier to find but also better tasting. Also, eating foods while they’re in season is important to living a green lifestyle.

Artichokes are one of the stranger looking foods we eat. They look like tightly closed flower buds—guarded by no-nonsense thorns. An artichoke plant is a thistle. A thistle is the name for a flowering plant that has sharp prickles on its leaves. Cardoons are another type of edible thistle.

While artichoke plants may be at home amongst the cacti, they are not actually native to California. It’s believed that artichoke plants are originally from North Africa, but that during the reign of the Greek Empire, artichokes were brought back to the Mediterranean. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century, when the Spanish came over, that artichoke plants were cultivated in California. Today, Castroville in California’s Monterey County calls itself “The Artichoke Center of the World.”

It’s great to try out new artichoke recipes while the California Farm Bureau Federation says it’s artichoke season. With your HealthMaster, you can enjoy artichokes in all its delicious forms. Blend it into a cream dip. Or, chop it and add it to sauces, pastas, or as a pizza topping. You can even make artichoke ice cream. Living a green lifestyle was never so appetizing!

How do you like to eat artichokes?

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