Which Artichokes Taste the Best?

What kind of artichokes do they sell in grocery stores? Globe, Jerusalem, other? I would like to try to grow some, but don't know the best kind for eating. Thank you.

Ms. Carmen

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

My guess is they taste similar and the question is what grows best in your area. If growing them from seed, why not grow both and treat them the same and make your own comparisons. They are very high in potassium and just lovely to eat.

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January 21, 20090 found this helpful

Globe artichokes are the leafy kind. They are green. I don't know where you live, but I know that my aunt in California used to grow them. We do not grow them here in Saskatchewan.

Jerusalem artichokes are a root vegetable. They look something like a yam, but really are not similar to that at all. They are also a perenial, but I am not sure where they are grown. I tried some here, but had no luck.

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January 22, 20090 found this helpful

Jerusalem artichokes grow best in cooler climates and are underground ... Globe artichokes grow best in warm, temperate climates and are above ground ... I am not sure about Jerusalems but Globes take two years or so to produce it's first crop ...

http://www.gardenersnet.com/vegetable/artichoke.htm

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-1-a.html

Here's a photo of Globes:

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January 22, 20090 found this helpful

And here's a photo of one variety of Jerusalems ;-)

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January 23, 20090 found this helpful

You have all been extremely helpful. Here I am, living in Ca., but am not a native and have not been eating artichokes very long. I finally 'got a taste' for these things and knew someone from this website could help out a lot more than just Google. Thanks again.

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