Aaaah… my artichoke love affair continues! Steam them, grill them or roast them, even canned and pickled, I love artichokes. Some may argue it’s all about the dipping sauce. It’s like a chip that needs a dip. But sometimes a really good artichoke only needs a bit of salt & drizzle of lemon juice.
Frieda’s Produce was kind enough to send me a couple of their exclusive varieties of artichokes. I previously wrote about the Fiesole Baby Purple Artichokes, that have no hairy choke inside. Today, I’m featuring another fabulous artichoke:
The Sangria Artichoke. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
I never knew artichokes came in any other color, but green!
The Sangria Artichoke has exceptionally meaty leaves, with a subtle nutty flavor. Really a marvelous and flavorful artichoke.
So I kept it simple, with a 20-minutes steam bath and some lemony garlic butter to dunk it in. Lots of garlic, actually.
Alas, my artichokes are all gone, and I am sad. All I have left of our love affair, are the pictures I took…
… and recipes to share!
Why don’t you start your own artichoke love-affair? You can find these beauties at participating Southern California Ralphs Supermarket. They are only in season in April and May, so now is the time to really enjoy them. You can learn more about Frieda’s exclusive variety of artichokes here!