Artichoke (also known as green or French artichoke) is actually a bud of a flower cut off before the flower begins to bloom. It’s a staple of American high end cuisine, but in recent years it has become more widespread with the growth of foody culture.
The plant is first mentioned in ancient Greece and there are records showing that its qualities were known in the Renaissance. It was brought into the US rather late, somewhere in the 19th century where they were grown by French settlers in Louisiana and by Spanish immigrants in California.
Artichokes are a party of a daisy family.
- March 16th is National Artichoke Heart Day.
- Until the 16th century, women were prohibited from eating them in many countries because they were still considered to have aphrodisiac properties.
- In 1947 Marilyn Monroe, then still going by her given name Norma Jean, was crowned Castroville’s first Artichoke Queen.