There's a small field quite near us that is 100% overgrown with Artichokes. I hadn't grown any myself for several years, so last Winter I pulled at one of the dead stems and lifted out a few tubers for planting at Haddock's. Above is part of the result.
They're a rather old fashioned vegetable. They're very difficult to peel, they give you awful wind, but they are delicious.
We always used to make soup with them (whizzed-up Artichokes, Celery, and Cream), but I also like them roasted, or boiled then fried. Either way they have a wonderful flavour.
They're regarded mostly as Pig fodder over here, but they are a vegetable not to be ignored.
The last time I grew them, I bought some beautiful large round smooth-skinned tubers from an Asian shop in Brighton. Thinking that they were a new variety I happily sowed a whole row. When I harvested them, they had annoyingly reverted to the usual knobbly type we all know and love.
Great flavour, but you just have to accept that they're bug*ers to peel; and to keep your windows open!