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Where are artichokes originally from?

Last Updated: 11th April, 2020

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Historians believe the Artichoke originated in the Mediterranean coun- tries, possible Sicily or Tunisia, where they were first developed into an edible vegetable. In 77 AD the Roman naturalist Pliny called the choke one of earth's monstrosities, but many continued to eat them.

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Besides, are artichokes native to California?

The artichoke is a perennial in the thistle group of the sunflower family and is believed to be a native of the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. One hundred percent of all artichokes grown commercially in the United States are grown in California.

Beside above, what country eats the most artichokes? Italy

Correspondingly, who was the first person to eat an artichoke?

Catherine de Medici is said to have brought artichokes to France in the 16th century when she arrived from Florence at the age of fourteen to marry the future Henry II. She apparently ate a lot of them too, which—given the artichoke's over-sexed reputation—scandalized the more straight-laced of the court.

What family is the artichoke in?

Daisy family

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What part of artichoke is poisonous?

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Why is it called an artichoke?

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Can you eat purple artichoke?

Braised Baby Purple Artichokes with Olive Oil and Wine. You are in for a treat if you can get ahold of baby artichokes. They are almost entirely edible because there is no hairy choke inside to remove.

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Do animals eat artichokes?

If you have trouble with rats, rabbits, or squirrels eating your other fruits and vegetables, artichokes may provide a reprieve; the spiny leaf bracts typically discourage animals from eating the artichoke plants, especially those that are larger and more established.

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What does artichoke taste like?

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What is the best time of year to buy artichokes?

They're at their peak from March through May, so now is the perfect time to steam some fresh artichokes. With just a little prep work, you'll be on your way to artichoke heaven!

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What are the benefits of artichoke?

To top it off, artichokes rank among the most antioxidant-rich of all vegetables ( 2 , 3 ). Summary Artichokes are low in fat, high in fiber, and loaded with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, and magnesium. They are also one of the richest sources of antioxidants.

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What if artichoke is purple inside?

Under those purple leaves is the fuzzy choke, which you also remove. After the artichoke is cooked you can scoop out the choke, revealing the artichoke bottom, which is the best part. Or you can remove the choke before cooking.

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Is Artichoke poisonous?

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Is the choke of an artichoke poisonous?

As Mezzaluna said, it's fine to eat canned artichoke chokes. They're not poisonous. Technically, you can eat them for sustenance. But the more mature they are, the tougher they are making them very unpleasant to chew and swallow.

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What happens if you eat a bad artichoke?

If an artichoke's leaf tips are split, shriveled and dry looking, or discolored with dark brown edges, the artichoke is past its prime and won't be good to eat. If the leaf tips are still intact but look discolored, the artichoke may have suffered frost damage, but its quality is still good overall.

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Can artichoke hearts kill you?

Artichokes: Defeat by Edible Hedgehog. I was watching an episode of “Chopped” last week and one of the judges, kid you not, said that an improperly prepared artichoke could actually kill you. She said if you left the choke (the furry part) in, the person who ate it would choke on it and possibly die.

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How many types of artichokes are there?

There are two major types of artichoke (although there are well over 1000 different cultivars, and more being produced every year): the round (or globe) and the elongated artichoke. Very similar in taste and texture, the round artichoke is the one you will see most frequently at the supermarket.

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Why are artichokes so filling?

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Is artichoke a flower?

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Are raw artichokes poisonous?

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Where do Artichokes grow best?

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Is Artichoke man made?

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