|Origin:||Mendocino County - California|
The official vegetable of California, the artichoke is a member of the thistle family that originally hails from the Mediterranean. A vegetable that has been enjoyed for thousands of years, Artichokes should be heavy, tightly packed and somewhat squeaky when squeezed lightly. Some purplish coloration on outer leaves is normal as long as inner leaves are green. Stuff, grill, or baste with butter and savor the tender hearts.