An Overview of Green Globe Artichoke
This thistle species is cultivated as a food and known as globe artichoke, French artichoke, or green artichoke in the U.S. Before the flowers open, the plant's flower buds are edible. The plant's bud is harvested before it blossoms, and the plant is a member of the aster family. It's not easy to prepare artichokes, and you'll need to do some work before you can eat them.
More to love in Green Globe Artichoke :
- It is eaten as a vegetable and is considered a vegetable culinarily
- Humans have eaten artichokes for thousands of years
- The artichoke is associated with Greek mythology through the Greek God Zeus
- A sunflower family flower, the artichoke is an unbloomed flower
Benefits of Green Globe Artichoke
Artichokes are thought to have liver-cleansing properties in part due to two phytonutrients: cynarin and silymarin. The antioxidant compound cyanarin assists the liver in producing Bile.
In addition to aiding in fat digestion, Bile is also essential in eliminating toxins from the body. In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties, artichokes are used as a digestive aid to reduce bloating and promote regularity.
How to sow and care for Green Globe Artichoke
From March to April, seeds should be planted in modules or open ground at 16-18°C. Three or four seeds should be planted in a three or 4-inch pot. It would help if you filled the pot two-thirds with a good quality soil-based medium containing compost. When your potting mix feels heavy, adding a little perlite will help improve drainage.
Once you have sprinkled your seeds into the pot, dust them lightly with potting mix. After this first watering, make sure to soak the pots well and let them drain well. Never let heavy soils become waterlogged, but never let them dry out either.
It is best to germinate artichoke seeds in February or March, but they can be started as early as January or as late as the middle of March. It is more difficult to predict the timing of events in warmer climates, where there are no frosts and mild winters. You can grow your artichoke as a perennial by sowing seed directly into the ground during the fall.
When the seeds are planted determines how healthy the flower heads will be. Therefore, planting in February may be beneficial. To grow into large bushy plants, they need a very long growing season. Vernalization requires artichokes to be exposed to temperatures below 10 degrees Celcius for at least two weeks. However, they are susceptible to frost.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Season: March
- USDA Zones: 7-11
- Days to Harvest: 180 days.
- Height: 3 Feet
- Bloom Season: Winter
- Soil Type: Loam
- Temperature: 10 Degrees Celcius
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Clade: Tracheophytes, Angiosperms, Eudicots, Asterids
- Order: Asterales
- Family: Asteraceae
- Genus: Cynara
- Species: C. cardunculus
- Variety: C. c. var. scolymus
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