GREEN GLOBE ARTICHOKE Vegetable Seeds, (Cynara scolymus)Heirloom Perennial
750 Seeds Per oz
Artichoke Seeds - 'Green Globe'Vegetable Seeds,Heirloom ARTICHOKE GREEN GLOBE .
This is an old standard variety that can be grown as an annual or perennial. Plants grow up to 6 feet tall with silver-green leaves. Edible flower buds (chokes) grow to 3 or 4 inches, are green in color, and are made up of thick fleshy scales and solid centers (hearts). Nutty flavored globe should be steamed whole, then individual petals removed and dipped in melted butter! Can be harvested in second season.
According to historians, this member of the thistle family originated in the Mediterranean region and was especially popular in Sicilian and North African cuisine. Eventually the artichoke migrated to Italy, and when the famous Italian Catherine de Medici moved to France in 1533 to be the queen of Henry II, she took her passion for artichokes with her. Her appetite for this vegetable scandalized the people of her day, as the artichoke was considered an aphrodisiac and only eaten by men. In time, artichokes became a culinary delight only afforded by the elite. The French brought this vegetable to Louisiana, while two Italian brothers introduced it to California. California still produces nearly all of the United States' supply of artichokes, with Castroville, CA being named as the Artichoke Capital of the World. Green Globe, first appearing in catalogs in 1863, is a favorite of commercial growers.
Vegetable Botanical Name: Cynara scolymus
Vegetable Duration: Perennial
Vegetable Days to Maturity: 85
Vegetable Height: 36to 48"
Vegetable Spacing: 36 in to 60 in
Vegetable Planting: Sow seeds indoors before last frost (stratify first for a time in the fridge), or direct sow seeds outside after last frost. Can also be fall planted outside. Plant seeds about 3' apart, and Â½â under soil surface, and water.
Vegetable Seed Saving: Either collect seed head when flowers fade, or allow seed heads to dry on plants. When heads are dry, break them open, and collect seeds. Clean and dry the seeds before storage in cool dry conditions.