Baby artichokes are one of those vegetables that while beloved, may also be a little misunderstood. Even if you seek them out over regular globe artichokes, do you know exactly what they are? Are they just young artichokes or are they their own vegetable altogether?
We cleared up baby carrots for you, so now it's time to turn to baby artichokes. They're spring vegetables, so you'll want to fully understand them in time to use them this season. Before long, you'll want to toss them in salads, grill them as side dishes and fry them to serve as appetizers. If you love artichokes like we do, you'll also love their babies.
Despite their name and popular belief, baby artichokes aren't immature globe artichokes.
They grow on the same plant as globe artichokes and are harvested at the same.
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Because they grow on the lower part of the stalk, the large artichoke shields baby artichokes from the sun, which effectively stunts their growth.
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Unlike the American version that goes by the same name, European baby artichokes are
baby -- or younger -- versions of globe artichokes. While American baby artichokes are harvested at the same time as the bigger versions, European baby artichokes are harvested early.
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While some may still need to be trimmed, their chokes and stems are edible, unlike a globe artichoke's.
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All of these countries employ artichokes very well in their cuisines. In Italy you might find baby artichokes served raw and dressed with oil and lemon. In Spain they might be fried and in France they could be braised with garlic and herbs.
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Thank you, California.
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Globe artichokes require
removing the spines on the outer leaves, as well as the fibrous choke in the middle. They're really high maintenance compared to baby artichokes.
for an easy, visual guide for preparing baby artichokes.
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