Vegetable Description: This is an old standard variety that can be grown as an annual or perennial. Plants grow up to 6 feet tall with silver-green leaves. Edible flower buds (chokes) grow to 3 or 4 inches, are green in color, and are made up of thick fleshy scales and solid centers (hearts). Nutty flavored globe should be steamed whole, then individual petals removed and dipped in melted butter! Can be harvested in second season.
Vegetable Botanical Name: Cynara scolymus
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Vegetable Duration: Perennial
Vegetable Days to Maturity: 85
Vegetable Seeds Per Oz: 600
Vegetable Height: 36” to 48”
Vegetable Spacing: 3' to 5'
Vegetable Planting: Sow seeds indoors before last frost (stratify first for a time in the fridge), or direct sow seeds outside after last frost. Can also be fall planted outside. Plant seeds about 3' apart, and ½” under soil surface, and water.
Vegetable Seed Saving: Either collect seed head when flowers fade, or allow seed heads to dry on plants. When heads are dry, break them open, and collect seeds. Clean and dry the seeds before storage in cool dry conditions.
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