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Artichoke and Grapes Flower Arrangement Photo - California Flower Photos



Flower Photos - Orange Roses and Green Artichoke Arrangement - The Artichoke Capitol of California is Castroville. It's where Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean) got her start as a beauty queen at the annual Artichoke Festival. Artichokes grow throughout the world in Italy, Spain, France and the U.S. They are a tasty food and also make unique decorations for plant and flower arrangements.


How fitting that in California where the center of the world's great artichoke capitol lies in Castroville, we often see flower arrangements that contain artichokes! This is the perfect flower centerpiece to please both women and men because it contains food. Hopefully they'll figure out that you're not supposed to eat the grapes, but it would be a perfect end to this somewhat edible flower, fruit, food arrangement shown in the photo above.


Artichokes are grown in their ideal climate less than 100 miles from San Francisco in a region nestled along the West Coast near Santa Cruz and Carmel. Monterey County is home to artichokes. It celebrates their bounty with an annual Artichoke Festival in Castroville. And as many compared the untimely death of Marilyn Monroe to Anna Nicole Smith, a bit of trivia yields that both women posed and playfully graced a variety of functions with the Artichoke Festival being Marilyn's. Some say she actually launched her career after serving as the Castroville Artichoke Queen.


The artichoke is the flower bud of a thistle plant and comes in over 50 varieties with the Globe offering most. The Globe Artichoke was believed to be first cultivated in Naples, Italy around the mid-15th century. Today, the Globe Artichoke is found growing in France, Italy, Spain and the U.S.  California provides nearly 100 percent of the local crop, and approximately 80 percent of that is grown in Monterey County.  Apart from food use, the Globe Artichoke is also an attractive plant for its bright floral display.


To eat an artichoke, you must first cook it (boil it in water). By pealing the layers away, one reaches the center fruit that's the most coveted "heart" of this tasty appetizer. Upon arrival, you'll discover a thistle type fiber that if you try swallowing, it can cause you to choke (thus the arti-choke).  The artichoke is most often served with a dipping sauce such as melted, salted butter; lemon and butter; olive oil; mayonnaise; and a variety of creative sauce creations. Artichokes solid in olive marinade are tasty on salads and in other food dishes.



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