Reminder to self: I must put-in more Artichoke plants at Haddock's!
I'm wondering what trouble I'll get myself into today; but here goes anyway. My fingers are crossed!
The Artichoke is a very sophisticated little beast. It attracts Ants, and their slavish aphids, by the thousand, its sharp spikes at the end each flower 'petal' are vicious, and the little darlings are very time-consuming to prepare.
But all this is worthwhile. When prepared and cooked they are delicious. Served with a garlicky vinaigrette, they are a perfect addition to a lunchtime snack.
I was once served a very large uncooked Artichoke in a restaurant as an entrée. I had no idea what to do with it, having always eaten them cooked; I still wouldn't know today! I sent it back and asked for something else.
I also buy canned or bottled Artichoke hearts as a standby, but there's nothing like having them fresh.
As you might see from my photo, I grow the very spiky variety. I really must buy some plants of the much bigger round type.
Lady M is not 100% convinced about them.... more for me!