Vegetable Garden

Sunday Snap – Globe Artichoke

June 9, 2013

I’m growing a globe artichoke plant in the polytunnel as the winters here kill the plants off outside and given the right conditions they will keep producing every year.

We’ve yet to cook a globe artichoke as it looks so pretty as a dried flower but maybe this is the year…

Have you cooked them? Are they worth the effort?

Globe Artichoke


  • Reply margaret June 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I love them. A thinks they are not worth the effort 🙂 great excuse to over indulge yourself in butter

    • Reply greensideupveg June 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Ah now, decisions, decisions Margaret! Trying to cut down on the butter this year (though currently failing!) Think I’ll have to try one just because….

  • Reply Peggy Murray June 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Dee,you visited my blog at organicgrowingpains and I was returning the compliment but I’m still here avidly reading your fab blog posts, i dont know how i have not found you before!
    I have an offshoot of a mature Globe we had in our previous allotment. It does not seem to be doing much this its first year so I will miss my artichokes. The only way is the simplest, boil/steam and tear off the leaves one by one, dipping in melted butter leaving the soft centre until the end. Messy but good food at its very best!
    Much better for you instead of popcorn or crisps in fron tof the TV in the evening.

    • Reply greensideupveg June 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm

      Peggy thank you for leaving such a lovely comment! I’m delighted you like the blog 🙂 your tip sounds mmmmm delicious! I have two artichokes that are ready now, the third largest is on the point of flowering. This side stalk isn’t as strong as the original stem but has given us the three heads. I wonder if cardoons would be better outside (though perhaps not as tasty given they would have the fruit)? I’ve never had any luck getting a globe artichoke to grow past one year outside here.


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