The Rainforest Artichoke Plant and its forgotten Beauty!
Most don't know that the Artichoke Plant is originally from a
tropical rainforest one look at one and you will see what an exotic flower it produces not to mention they taste Great exspecially the globe artichoke and jerusalem artichokes!
Many are growing artichokes but not only for food... it’s has many uses as a Medicinal Plant and herbal medicine.
The parts that are use is powder the leafs produce and it is believed that is use will help with problems with the gallbladder, gallstones, liver, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders, fevers, ulcers, hypertension, anemia, diarrhea, gout and high cholesterol. Quite Amazing!
Growig Artichoke Plants...
This well loved plant and the vegetable it produces is native to South America and Brazilian rainforest but it is now cultivated in all around the world in places like Europe, South America, and North America.
The flower that the artichoke plants produce are a very exotic looking flower as you will see from the flower pictures below.
The popular species that is widely eaten is the globe artichokes that make us so happy with either a little butter or mayonnaise.
But its scientific name it is known by is Cynara scolymus.
Learn all about Growing Artichokes
First start off by choosing a spot in your garden that will get full sun all day long.
They will grow great in zones 8 through 10 but you can grow them in zones 4 to 8 but you will need to cover them up during the winter.
These mysterious edible rainforest plants will grow up to about 5 feet tall.
If you looking to produce large artichokes make sure you use a spot that has well drained soil and then add a rich soil that has a pH balance between 6.5 to 7.0. This is concidered perfect for growing artichokes.
Just think after growing your own you can create your own artichoke dip recipe.
Make sure to dig out a large radius of where you will be planting and fill the hole with this soil adding phosphorus and potassium to it.
Keep the soil moist and they love to be lightly sprayed with water take the time to do this and they will reward you with a beautiful plant producing great artichoke.
The best time to pick your artichoke is before the buds start to open and they are tightly closed and green.
Here are some examples of what food recipes are made of when cooking artichokes and suggestions on how to cook artichokes.
spinach artichoke dip recipe, crab artichoke dip, fried artichoke hearts, grilled artichoke, artichoke chicken recipe, artichoke soup recipe, the classic and my favorite steamed artichoke, artichoke pizza, jalapeno artichoke dip, artichoke tea, oyster artichoke soup, artichoke pasta salad, cheesy spinach artichoke dip, hot crab artichoke dip, shrimp artichoke salad, artichoke frittata, lemon artichoke pesto, artichoke bread, cream cheese artichoke dip which is really yummy, another favorite spinach artichoke quiche, green bean artichoke casserole, artichoke hummus, and yes believe it or not artichoke pie.
Look at these wonderful dishes you can make when you have access to an Artichoke Plant in your own back yard.