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The Greeks and Romans considered artichokes to be an aphrodisiac and until the 1500’s woman in some countries were prohibited from eating them.

U.S. farmers began growing commercial artichokes in the early 20th century and they are all grown in California. The artichoke queen of Castroville, California in 1947 was marilyn Monroe.

Technically, artichokes are flower buds that haven’t yet blossomed; one artichoke plant can produce more than 20 artichokes a year.

I will give you more on artichokes – stay with me – and remember just ask Eddie!