It’s a ‘tops and bottoms’ tale when it comes to artichokes. With Jerusalem artichokes, it’s the underground part that we eat, whereas the popular globe artichokes develop their edible parts well above the ground. These two ‘varieties’ are completely unrelated. Globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are actually an unopened bud belonging to the Thistle family and, if left to mature, the bud will expand into a rich, purple, thistle-like flower head. The plants can grow up to more than a metre tall and, because of their striking good looks, are often grown as ornamentals.
Full sun or semi shade
Suitable for all climatic zones
52 weeks after planting
Autumn, winter and spring, but check the label for your location