Sunday, April 24, 2011

Artichoke Love

Our local store has some JUMBO artichokes the other day.  I just have to share the joy they brought my family.
Mama, am I dreaming?!
Don't bother cooking it, I'll just eat it like this.

It's as big as MY heart.

Sharing that artichoke heart with my husband and daughter was truly a loving and magical experience.  

In answer to your questions:
Yes, I have seen bigger when I lived near Castroville and when I lived in Humboldt County (they are really good at growing their greenery LARGE in Humboldt).  

Yes, it did fit in the pot whole, we only ate one for all three of us.

Yes, I went back and bought more the next day!  They are out now.

I steam them whole, simple.  We dip in either vegenaise or melted Earth Balance and garlic salt.  I also sometimes make an aoli of sorts out of vegenaise, capers, lemon zest and juice, and salt and pepper. 

No, I do not feed these peels to my worms.  Though I'm sure they could handle it over time, the waste is so great that I don't want to overwhelm them.  I have an outdoor compost this time of year without worms that I put them and all my yard waste in.  It works out nicely that artichoke season is when I can finally compost outside.


  1. This has my mouth watering! I love hearing that you dip it in vegenaise because Levi though I was so strange for using mayo. If you see them at the store next time...let me know!!

  2. I found these at New Sagaya, and I will definitely be checking back to see if they get more. I'll let you know if they do :)

  3. Yum! Artichokes are my favorite, and I recently found some big beauties at the Whole Foods near me. I was in heaven!