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Artichokes - Globe

Artichokes - Globe
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Availability

Globe artichokes are available from October until January.

 

Storage and Handling

Store in the refrigerator. Handle with care as they bruise easily and wash before eating.

  

History

Globe Artichokes have always been considered a delicacy.  They have been grown in Southern Europe for many centuries.

 

Facts

  • There are two well-known varieties of artichokes: Globe and Jerusalem. These are quite different vegetables in terms of appearance, texture and preparation, although there are subtle taste similarities
  • The part that is eaten is the immature flower bud.  In New Zealand you may see them marketed as Green Globe Artichokes.  Baby Artichokes, sized between golf balls and eggs, are sometimes available
  • Artichokes contain an unusual organic acid called cynarin which has an effect on taste and is thought to be the reason why many people think that water tastes sweet when drunk after eating artichokes. The flavour of wine is similarly altered and many wine experts think that wine shouldn’t be drunk to accompany artichokes.  Some think cynarin may have health benefits in fighting diseases of the liver and gall bladder
  • Choose Globe artichokes that have a fresh, bright colour and tightly closed firm leaves
  • Artichokes can be boiled, baked, microwaved, roasted or steamed (you can cook them the same way as potatoes)

 

Growing Facts

  • Plant in late winter or early spring, when frosts are over as the seedlings are frost-tender
  • In mild climate areas sometimes have two crops can be harvested in one season
  • As perennials Globe Artichokes can be grown for several years 

 

 

 

Reference for our vegetable pages include information from vegetables.co.nz

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 globe artichoke - 120g boiled, drained

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 155/37 129/31
Protein (g) 4.2 3.5
Fat, total (g) Less than 1g Less than 1g
- saturated (g) Less than 1g Less than 1g
Carbohydrate (g) 1.4 1.2
- sugars (g) 1.4 1.2
Dietary Fibre (g) 5.5 4.6
Sodium (mg) 18 15
Folate (µg) 107 89
Vitamin C (mg) 9.6 8.0
Niacin (mg) 1.2 1.0
Potassium (mg) 396 330
Iron (mg) 0.6 0.5
Thiamin (mg) trace trace

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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