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Green Globe Artichoke
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Green Globe Artichoke
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Green Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus)First Harvest Spring 2001
Attractive, ornamental perennial with edible flower buds.  It can be grown as an annual if you sow the seeds indoors in mid to late winter and set out after all danger of frost has passed.

An excellent delicacy when boiled until tender, served hot, and the inner petal tips and the hearts are dipped in melted lemon-butter (some of my family likes to dip in mayonnaise).

This variety has been cultivated since at least the 1500s.  Thomas Jefferson grew them in his gardens and documented them off and on from 1770 until 1825.

The exact origin of artichokes is unknown but they are presumed to have originated in North Africa where they still grow wild.  They have been part of Mediterranean cuisines (Roman, Greek, etc.) since ancient times.  Even today they remain an important winter vegetable there.

Although a perennial, the plants will require winter protection if you live in a zone that experiences severe freezing.  Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 15 to 20 seeds.  Hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10.

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The plant germinated fine and had no problem with pests, except aphids, but it only grew to a height of two feet, and I never got any artichokes from it.

VSC NOTES: Keep in mind that artichokes are a perennial and depending on the time of year they are sown, soil fertility, weather conditions, the climate in the garden area, etc., they commonly take two years before producing flowers. From your brief description, it sounds like they simply ran out of growing season before going dormant. As long as they are protected from freezing conditions over winter, they will come back every year, getting bigger and better. They are a little more of a time investment than growing annual garden vegetables, but to me they are well worth it. ~Mike
Reviewed by: Amber Schooley from Pomona,CA. on 3/3/2015
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