Why Grow It
Globe artichokes are grown for the dense hearts that are inside huge flowerheads, which grow on top of thistle-like plants. Despite sharing the same nomenclature, they are no relation to Jerusalem artichokes, which are grown for their knobbly tubers.
However, globe artichokes are no stranger to criticism by some growers due to their low yield (a plant that takes up a metre of space produces just a dozen heads). But they have a lot to offer both in your garden and on your plate.
They are an extremely nutritious vegetable and a great addition to any diet. Due to their low yield they can be tricky to acquire from a local grower, which is the perfect reason why you should grow them yourself. They are also one of the most beautiful foods you can grow in your garden – in many countries globe artichokes have become a regular addition to flower beds for their architectural appeal. In fact, we grow them in the beds in our car park at GROW HQ for both their beauty and their (low-yielding) bounty.