Globe artichokes can often be found in the herbaceous border as they are often grown for their striking thistle-like, blue flowers. However, as the edible flower heads taste so delicious, they are more likely to be grown for the table.
They can be grown quite easily but will take 2 seasons to fully mature.
The flower heads will need a little preparation before cooking to remove any thorny edges at the end of the leaves. They are then grilled, boiled or steamed with a clove of garlic or a slice of lemon and served with melted butter. Only the leaves and heart are edible and not the central stem. Globe artichokes are considered a gourmet dish