Grown on a large thistle which can reach 1.5 metres in height. It has prickly leaves which are grey-green to bronze-green in colour, often with a purplish tinge. We form on branches that grow out from the side of the main stem and are actually the flower buds of the plant. If not picked develop into a beautiful purple flower.
Artichokes are a good source of vitamin C and thiamine and contain some dietary fibre, calcium, phosphorus, niacin and potassium.
Try to select small to medium, compact, bright green, plump globes that feel heavy for their size. Large artichokes tend to be a little tougher and have less flavour than the smaller ones. Store unwashed in plastic bags in the crisper section of the refrigerator and should keep for approximately two weeks.
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