So that’s an Artichoke Bloom

weekly CSA produce
So that’s an artichoke after it’s bloomed.

Artichokes are funny plants. I mean, who would ever have thought of eating them? Yet, they’ve been eaten since the times of Julius Caesar. But, we would hazard a guess that first time was on a dare or practical joke; you know, kind of, “go on, Cassius, that spiky thing is tasty. Trust us. We’re just a bit full, or we’d join you.”

And, you’ll note in the photo that not only are artichokes spiky, but they are flowers! Yep, that purple flower in the center is nothing but an artichoke in bloom. Looks kind of like, oh, perhaps, a thistle, don’t you think? Yes, they are a type of thistle. So, when you’re enjoying an artichoke, you’re really eating the immature bloom of a thistle. We told you: funny plants.

Anyway, this week, besides the artichoke flower (which is a bonus from our farmer), we received:

  • Red onions (2)
  • Glendale Gold Little Sweetie Onions (1 basket)
  • Red LaSoda potatoes (6)
  • Arugula (1 bunch)
  • Summer Squash (1 large)
  • Armenian Cucumber (2)
  • Beets (1 bunch)
  • Pinto Beans (1 bag)

And, from the surplus basket, we snagged a couple of sweet potatoes. As of now, we’re not sure what we’ll make out of this week’s haul.

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