Artichokes take a little effort when it comes to preparation and cooking but yield a mild, nutty flavor that compliments a variety of foods. Artichokes are used for main dishes, side dishes, appetizers, and as an ingredient in dips and sauces. The versatility of the artichoke is limitless.

How to use: Peaches are a popular fruit used for many purposes, such as in desserts, pies, puddings, cobblers, shortcakes, salads, as breakfast toppings, for canning and to just enjoy eaten fresh out of the hand. Dried peaches are also available in slices, diced pieces and ground. They have a sweet tart flavor and are treated with sulfur dioxide to retain coloring.

How to buy: Choose an artichoke that is compact and heavy for its size. Stay away from any that are slightly purple in color or budding. These are signs that the artichoke is over ripe. Many artichokes have brown patches on the leaves, these are usually just frost marks and are perfectly good to eat. Using good judgement is best when selecting any produce.

Storage: Artichokes can be stored for up to 5 days. Keep them kept in a plastic bag, lightly spray them with water and place in the crisper of the refrigerator. The quality will always be better if used within the first 2 days after being purchased.

Big heart Artichoke

Big Heart was among the first commercially available seed-propagated artichoke. Grown as an annual, plantings can be staggered for year-round harvest.

Green color with purple tinge most pronounced at base of artichoke. Purple more pronounced in summer.

Desert globe Artichoke

Artichoke_desert_globe Desert Globe Artichokes were the first annual Artichokes that Ocean Mist Farms began to grow and improve by traditional plant breeding methods. Over the last 25 years, this ongoing research program has resulted in the best Artichoke for the late fall through the winter.

Green globe Artichoke

Artichoke_green_globe Green Globe Artichoke is the most popular artichoke variety used in the home garden or for landscapes. Yields a good crop of tender artichokes over a long period of time. Artichoke plants reach 3 to 4 feet high and up to 8 feet wide, so Artichokes are best suited for large gardens, but can also be grown in very large containers.

Hybrid Annual

Ocean Mist Farms was one of the first companies in the world to develop a hybrid annual Artichoke. This program has been in existence for nearly 20 years and has successfully produced varieties that are the best-eating and appearing Artichokes for the warm summer and fall months. Efforts continue to expand the season that these Artichokes can be grown while improving their already outstanding eating characteristics.

Imperial Star Artichoke

Developed by and licensed through the University of California

Year-round with peak production in spring