'Globe' Artichoke Varieties?


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'Globe' Artichoke Varieties?

opinionatedchef | Jan 28, 2011 03:17 PM

Anyone out there grow up on an artichoke farm? anyone grow artichokes?

I'm curious>> I grew up in a post war family where my VA and LA raised parents (born in the 1920's) had both never had artichokes til they met in CA after the war. They tasted them and became fans, so we always had them around when i was growing up in VA./ D.C. area. I only remember having the variety that is rather conical shaped, not rounded.

As an adult, just a few times in recent years,I have bought (when there was no choice) and cooked the more round chokes, with leaves that do not come straight down on the sides, but rather are indented at the bottom, offering less of the delicious flesh. These chokes seem inferior for this lack of flesh, and, in their more ' fibrous/papery' interiors . Can anyone educate me about these differences in varieties? Do the globular ones have some economic or eating benefits I don't know about? Are they a winter crop or more frost tolerant as opposed to the conical chokes?

Thanks much for your help.

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