Did you know that the Artichoke is the official vegetable of California? It’s no surprise when 99.9% of all Artichokes in the United States are grown in this state! These edible thistles of the sunflower family can be found year-round, with peaks in the spring and fall, coming in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

Artichokes are a good source of vitamin C, are low calorie, loaded with fiber, and contain more antioxidants than any other vegetable! Clearly these native Mediterranean plants are an appetizing fit for a healthy lifestyle.

The Lowdown

  • Season
  • Color
    Green, Purple
  • Select
    Look for fat, firm-looking buds with dense, tightly packed leaves of uniform dusty green. Lots of black spots, tired color, or open leaves indicate an older artichoke that will have a woody taste.
  • Store
    Sprinkle with a little water and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

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