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The summer feeling might be winding down, but the fun doesn’t have to! Whether you are gathered around the fire or at the kitchen table, we’ve got the tips to help you make a delicious treat that will have the whole family wanting “s’more.” Ingredients S’mores are gooey, chocolatey, crunchy morsels of deliciousness. The best part? They … (Read the full story)

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July is National Blueberry Month, and whether you enjoy them fresh, frozen or dried, by themselves or in a favorite recipe, what better way to celebrate this tasty little berry than to give it the spotlight? The blueberry is native to North America and is grown throughout the United States almost all year round. The … (Read the full story)

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It’s June — dust off your grill, it’s time to cook! Instead of the traditional hot dog and hamburger fare, why not try fish? While some may think grilling fish is no easy task, we’re here to help with tips that will impress your friends and family during your next cookout. Tips for the Grill When … (Read the full story)

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  Leftovers Don’t let leftovers go to waste — turn them into something surprising and delicious. You can shred leftover chicken and use it for a sandwich or wrap. Or if you have rotisserie chicken from last night’s dinner, try our Fiesta Chicken Roll Ups recipe. Leftover taco meat makes for a great kid-friendly Doritos … (Read the full story)

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If you’re tired of hitting replay on the same old salad, push shuffle to remix your leafy dish! Avoid the boring and bland by pumping up your salad with these easy tips.   Mix It Up! With the many pre-packaged selections available in our Produce department, it’s easy to grab a variety of greens. Lettuce … (Read the full story)

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April is the month for jokesters. But did you know it’s the month for delicious artichoke recipes, too? This budding thistle is at its season’s peak right now, so grab your taste buds and check out some fun and exciting  reasons to enjoy artichokes this spring!

 

A Historic Plant

Many often wonder if an artichoke is a vegetable, a fruit, or something else. In fact, an artichoke is an immature thistle, also known as a prickly, flowering plant. Artichokes have been written about and eaten for 4.19_Produce_SW_Artichoke_image 2 resizethousands of years, dating back to as early as 371 B.C., when they were being grown in Italy and Sicily. Wealthy Romans used to enjoy this plant dipped in honey and vinegar. After the fall of Rome, the plant became scarce but reemerged during the Renaissance.

In 1806, artichokes were brought to the United States, where they were cultivated in Louisiana. Today, almost all artichokes in America are grown in California.

FUN FACT:

Mythology says the artichoke was once a beautiful girl who was seduced by Zeus and made into a goddess. After becoming homesick and returning to the mortal world to visit her family, Zeus scolded her for her “un-goddess-like” behavior and hurled her back to earth to live as this prickly plant forever.

 

Tasty and Versatile

Artichokes are not only scrumptious, they also provide important nutrients. A half cup serving of cooked artichoke hearts is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. They also contain fiber, which helps support a healthy digestive system. Overall, artichokes are a great addition to your diet and are pretty tasty to boot!

FUN FACT:

Artichokes were illegal in New York for one week in the 1920s due to a member of the mafia monopolizing the market and causing “artichoke wars”.

 

Get Cookin’

Now that you know a little more about artichokes, try your hand at whipping up some recipes featuring this delicious thistle. Our Aprons Recipes are a great place to start!

What is your favorite way to enjoy this delectable plant? Share your ideas in the comments.