Monday, May 13, 2013

The Artichoke Harvest

It is artichoke season in the Valley Of The Sun
and our harvest is abundant this year.

Artichokes are part of the thistle family and a perennial.
These plants were planted last October, which is the time to put
them in the ground, if you want a good harvest.
We keep harvesting and they just keep producing!
If you don't harvest they will go to flower like these 

and once it goes to flower, it signals to the plant to die.
I always let a few go to flower because they are so beautiful
but the rest I try to keep alive.

We have been eating artichokes non-stop
and our preferred method of preparation is to steam.
Here's how we do it!
Steamed Artichokes
 In a large pot, put a couple inches of water,  clove of garlic,
a couple slices of lemon, and  bay leaf.
Insert a steaming basket. Add the artichokes. Cover.
  Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
  Cook for 30 minutes.

Then drain, cut in half, remove the fibrous middle
and serve with garlic aioli, hollandaise (we use chipotle hollandaise)
or clarified butter.
And just eat the whole thing!

Bon App├ętit!

Thank you to Karen Scheffe of Elan Photographie
for these amazing photographs...what a gift you have!


  1. Good Morning Caroline, As usual another great idea from you!.....We are soon moving to a new home in the country, with a large area for a garden...artichokes are now on my list to plant!! Thank you for the inspiration! Your friend, Heidi XO

  2. Hi, I found your blog through Sunny Simple Life. I also live in the Phoenix area and boy could I use some of your gardening ideas. I am originally from Michigan, lived here 18 years and am still battling with trying to keep things alive. So nice to meet you....I am adding you to my blog roll!

  3. Beautiful photos Caroline your friend is certainly gifted but the subject matter is amazing also. It was so nice to meet you on Saturday on the garden tour. I came over from California with my friend Elaine from Sunny Simple Life. Your gardens (and artichoke plants) are amazing. I blogged about our trip today and linked to your lovely blog. Patty

  4. This is my first year growing Artichokes and the first one we harvested was amazing but the rest look gross! They have black sposts like they are rotting:( Any ideas?

    1. My first thought is fungal...have you had a lot of water? Artichokes like it dry!

  5. And they were gorgeous. We so enjoyed your garden the most on the tour. It is amazing that it is so lush and green in the desert. I am so glad we got to meet but yes it would have been great to have a chat on your delightful patio.

  6. I'm planting artichokes for the first time this year! I have no idea if they will actually fruit the first year as I started them from seed. But it will be a fun experiment! Here's hoping as they are one of my top five favorite foods!!


  7. I can only imagine how delicious they are so fresh from the garden. Gorgeous photos too!

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