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.