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Sunday, 4 September 2011


Artichokes were enjoyed by the Romans who prepared them in honey and vinegar, seasoned with cumin, so that the treat would be available year round.

The Roman scientist and historian Pliny wrote of the artichoke of being "one of the earth’s monstrosities."

In the mid 16th century, artichokes enjoyed a vogue in European courts and gained a reputation as an aphrodisiac.

At the wedding of Marquis de Lomenie and Mlle de Martigues, Catherine de Médici ate too many of her favorite cockerel kidneys and artichoke bottoms and for a time became so ill with diarrhoea she thought she would die.

The artichoke belongs to the sunflower family.

Jerusalem artichokes have nothing to do with the holy Middle East city. The French explorer Samuel de Champlain insisted they tasted like artichokes, hence the confusion.

Artichokes are no longer considered kosher because they often contain worms and other insects.

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