Botanical name: Cynara scolymus
Globe Artichokes are a perennial vegetable with tasty globe-shaped buds (flowers) borne from early spring until November.
Ready for harvest in second and subsequent years.
Health Benefits of Artichoke
A good source of fibre, folate and calcium as well as being loaded with magnesium.
One medium sized artichoke provides around 75-80 mg of magnesium.
A study done by the USDA found that artichokes have more antioxidants than any other vegetable and they ranked seventh in a study of the antioxidant levels of 1,000 different foods.
Some of the powerful antioxidants in artichokes are quercertin, rutin, anthocyanin's, cyanine, luteolin, and silymarin.
Artichoke Growing Information
Globe Artichokes are best planted in spring and autumn and early summer.
The buds should be harvested whilst still tender and tight, at around 5-10cm in diameter.
Mulch and water throughout the warmer months when flowering has finished.
Prune plants to about 4 or 5 of the strongest shoots and cut them back to 30cm in autumn and apply a side dressing of fertiliser in readiness for next spring.
Prefers full sun.
Protect from frost.