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Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 10:04 pm EST :   Last Buddysize PhotosCopy highlighted text to new message Print Post

Artichoke Harvest in Zone 5.

http://gaeso.notlong.com/ 25 August 2007. One plant has produced a edible fruiting body. There are three plants and they are in full vigorous growth in Zone 5.

This is the URL to the beginning of the season for my artichoke plants--- http://www.durgan.org/Blog/2007_04_01_archive.html Scroll down to the artichoke entry.

My limited experience with the vegetable is that it is rather insipid and is more of a novelty than a useful vegetable. Most recipes indicate that stuffing in various forms is the preferred method of serving. I usually serve it boiled with a separate heated butter dish on the side, and the leaves are picked off and dipped in the butter, and the starchy section at the base of the section is then eaten.

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Durgan - Ontario, Zone "5"
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Durgan wrote on Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 08:10 pm:

My limited experience with the vegetable is that it is rather insipid and is more of a novelty than a useful vegetable.



I dare you to post that on the Recipe forum, lol!

Your plants are beautiful! I was amazed the first time I saw one.

Have to admit I'm not fond of artichokes. I'll eat the hearts, but totally not interested in the dipping/teething routine. They are a popular addition to Louisiana crawfish boils along with potatoes, onions, corn, mushrooms, and garlic.

Cindym - Louisiana, Zone "8b"
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Cindym wrote on Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 09:11 pm:

Have to admit I'm not fond of artichokes. I'll eat the hearts, but totally not interested in the dipping/teething routine.



Good point. Maybe you should take a look at its close relative, the

highly ornamental Cardoon. Just as the artichoke it's very decorative and you use a lot of space for getting just a little to eat ;-)

(but actually it's quite delicious)

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I love artichokes, James. I just use the tender stems and dip them in a low-fat Italian dressing. They're delicious.

Here's a funny story: When I was a teenager, I went to a fancy restaurant with two of my girlfriends. Elizabeth ordered artichokes, so I did too. When they came, I started chewing them up and, of course, discovered that they were a bit uncomfortable to swallow. Diane said to me, "I don't think that's the way to eat those." So, not wanting to admit I didn't know how, I just said, "Well it's the way *I* eat them." But I watched Elizabeth and as discreetly as possible, learned how to eat artichokes. I've enjoyed them ever since.

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Lovinlife wrote on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 03:18 pm:

I just use the tender stems and dip them in a low-fat Italian dressing.



The delicious part may be attributed to the Italian dressing. So much of our food preparation is adulterated with excessive condiments, masking the healthy part of the vegetable. Example: potatoes are a wonderful food, but masking with sour cream and rich,(greasy) gravy nullifies the potential benefits of eating the vegetable. In fact, potatoes often get a name for being fatttening, but I suggest the fat come mostly from the condiment utilized.
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http://ievar.notlong.com/ 6 October 2007. Some fruiting bodies allowed to flower.

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http://eajoh.notlong.com/ 13 October 2007. Description and some flowers in full bloom.

These three plants will be left in the ground to see if they will over-winter in my Zone 5. Some ground cover protection will be supplied.

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Durgan - Ontario, Zone "5"

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