This Green Globe yielded ~25 artichokes in 2008 but it’s time to let it rest. We’ll cut it down close to the ground like we did last year and watch this giant weed go nuts again in the spring. Our purple Violetto variety was smaller but more flavorful.
One plant cost about $8 and yielded over $100 worth of food so far! Now that’s a 401K plan that can’t be beat 🙂 And easy maintenance, got a little “worm tea” from our vermicompost bin as fertilizer.
Last time we sprinkled our own dried tarragon instead of thyme when we steamed these beauties. Highly recommended!
Knew that artichokes were a thistle but didn’t realize thistles are a group from the sunflower Asteraceae family! They thrive in areas with mild winters and summers, hence they’re widespread on the California coast.