A Vegetable With A Big Heart

Savannah Botanical Garden-Savannah Georgia

What a surprise to discover that the ugly prickly artichoke produces a beautiful flower.

The flowers appear in the spring and stay throughout the summer. Bees and butterflies love the nectar of the flower and people love the vitamin rich heart of the plant.

If you harvest the vegetable for cooking do it before the flower blooms.

My Mom stuffed and steamed them as an appetizer for holiday dinners.

Here is a recipe similar to how she cooked them, substituting chopped onion for the garlic.

Italian stuffed artichokes

If you have a favorite artichoke recipe or tips for growing this hearty plant, it would be great to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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