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Harvesting your artichokes

by dig the dirt editor

Pick your vegetables at the right time to get the maximum flavor from your garden.

 

ARTICHOKE

 

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imperial star artichoke

To get the most out of your artichokes, you should eat this delightful vegetable right after cutting it.  It tends to lose it's flavor fairly quickly.

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME?

  • Whe the artichoke is still closed and 2"-4" in diameter they are ready to be cut.
  • It takes approximately 5-6 months for the plant to mature
  • If the buds have loose scales and they are very large it is too late to harvest them

HOW MANY WILL I GET?

  • Each plant will give you approximatey 3 artichokes if you are in a colder climate
  • In milder climates you can get up to 20-30 artichokes.

WHERE DO I CUT IT OFF?

  • Cut it 2" below the bud
  • Once you have cut all the buds off the plant cut the stem down to 12" above the soil level.

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harvesting artichoke, picking your vegetables, artichoke

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