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The Globe Artichoke.

This vegetable does not look particularly like a globe but more like a large flower that hasn’t opened yet! The reason for this is that it is a thistle that belongs to the sunflower family and grows on a tall thin stem and looks very much like a large flower bud.

They are thought to be native to the Mediterranean area and there is evidence they were used by the Roman and Greek civilization.

Maybe the Artichoke looks too pretty to eat but your local green grocer will assure you that it is a very nutritious vegetable that is at its best in the winter when it can be used in casseroles and soups. They can of course be used in other ways but be aware they will turn brown when cut if not covered with water.

When buying Artichokes look for tightly packed leaves and listen for a squeaky sound when squeezed gently.

Artichokes contain Potassium, Magnesium and Vitamin C.

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