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Oct. 15, 2010 11:54 am 
Updated: Oct. 15, 2010 6:16 pm
The artchoke is one of the most fasinating vegetables we have in our kitchen.  The globe artchoke also called the "french Artichoke" derives it's common name from Northern Italian words articiocco and articiclos which comes from the word pine cone.  It's a perennial in the thistle group of the sunflower family and a native of the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands.

There are more then 140 varities-less then 40 grown commercially. It dates back to the time of the Greek Philospher and naturalist, Theophrastus (371-287 B.C) who wrote of them being grown in Italy and Spain.

In the 1920's there was  "the Artichoke wars" in New York city which brought about a ban on the choke.  Thank goodness the mayor enjoyed them so much or it may have lasted more then a few days.
They are delightfull.  They can be used in just about every form of cooking. I use them in pasta dishes, roasted,, grilled, even in soup.  My favorite is roasting them and I serve them with cocktails. My recipe is in my recipe box I hope you will try it.
Oct. 15, 2010 12:13 pm
I recently discovered the miniature ones.. they are stunning roasted over the coals. Delish!
Oct. 15, 2010 6:16 pm
Love artichokes! Our neighbor has a great big ole' plant on the corner of his yard; which is at the intersection of 2 streets in our subdivision. Walkers stop by to admire all the time. It's huge and has about 20-30 artichoke on it.
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I started cooking when I was 13 years old. I now have 3 kids and 8 grand childen. Cooking and creating good food is my life. I have recntly completed my first cook book and am in the process of trying to get it published
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