about Artichokes and Who was the first Artichoke Queen?
artichokes are the large, unopened flower bud of a plant
belonging to the thistle family. The many leaf-like parts
making up the bud are called scales. Artichokes are
actually a flower bud and if allowed to fully bloom can
measure up to seven inches in diameter and become a
people eat the insides of these leaves dipped in
mayonnaise, butter or oil dressings. Artichoke hearts are
the very center of the flower and are used in many pasta
dishes, salads, and casseroles. These hearts can be canned
and enjoyed any time of year.
artichoke was first developed in Sicily. In 77AD the Roman
naturalist Pliny called the choke one of earth's
monstrosities, but many continued to eat them. Historical
accounts show that wealthy Romans enjoyed artichokes
prepared in honey and vinegar, seasoned with cumin, so
that this treat would be available year round.
U.S., Artichokes were first grown in Louisiana, brought
there by settlers in the 19th century. But It was not
until the early twentieth century that artichokes were
grown commercially in the United States. In fact all the
U.S. commercially grown artichokes come from California.
Marilyn Monroe was crowned the first Queen of the
Artichokes in Castroville, California, known as the
artichoke capital of the world.
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