Violetto di Romagna Artichoke

85-100 days. Searching for the most beautiful, tender, tasty and prolific baby Artichoke? Well, search no more. This traditional heirloom from Italy's northern Emilia-Romagna province is considered to be the best Artichoke. Violetto produces scads of 3"-wide, oval-shaped, deep violet and green Artichokes with little if any inedible choke when picked young and tight. Its spineless, stately plants grow up to 5' tall with silvery foliage for a dramatic and decorative statement at the back of the garden. Its purple color fades when cooked. (OP.)

One packet of about 35 seeds
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$4.55
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  • With blue-grey, spiky foliage reminiscent of medieval times, Artichokes are the most queenly inhabitants of the kitchen garden. Artichokes need warm temperatures, strong light and good ventilation to grow from seed. Transplant to the sunniest part of your garden when the soil is workable. The young plants should have several weeks of cool weather to set chokes but must be protected from any hard frosts. To cook, steam or simmer, using a non-reactive pot. Cut an X in the bottom and add a half lemon to the water. Cover and cook until the leaves pull out easily (about 20 to 40 minutes). Italian chefs love Artichokes and prepare them in various ways: in pasta, served al fresco in antipasto platters or dressed simply with olive oil, Garlic and lemon juice. Deer resistant. Perennial in zone 7 and warmer; grow as an Annual in colder zones.

    Average seed life: 1 year.
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With blue-grey, spiky foliage reminiscent of medieval times, Artichokes are the most queenly inhabitants of the kitchen garden. Artichokes need warm temperatures, strong light and good ventilation to grow from seed. Transplant to the sunniest part of your garden when the soil is workable. The young plants should have several weeks of cool weather to set chokes but must be protected from any hard frosts. To cook, steam or simmer, using a non-reactive pot. Cut an X in the bottom and add a half lemon to the water. Cover and cook until the leaves pull out easily (about 20 to 40 minutes). Italian chefs love Artichokes and prepare them in various ways: in pasta, served al fresco in antipasto platters or dressed simply with olive oil, Garlic and lemon juice. Deer resistant. Perennial in zone 7 and warmer; grow as an Annual in colder zones.

Average seed life: 1 year.
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