Artichoke “Violet Globe”
Packet containing 15 seeds.
Hardy Perennial, Herb
The attractive Purple Globe artichoke is similar to the Green Globe, but with a finer flavour. A great delicacy, steam or boil and serve with melted lemon butter or hollandaise sauce.
are perennial plants and will produce more heads with each successive
year. Globe artichokes are a popular dual-purpose plant. They are grown
not only for food but often as borders in ornamental gardens.
owe their delicate, tangy taste to the bitter substance "cynarin", a
substance that has significant regenerating effects, as well as having
diuretic properties. Cynarin is also a sweet-tasting, water-soluble
chemical found in the saliva so that anything you eat after an
artichoke will taste sweet.
Artichoke has a powerful effect on the production of bile and
fat-digesting enzymes, stimulating liver functions and lowering
cholesterol levels. However, a couple of ancient uses defy such
scientific research. Artichokes were also used as a contraceptive and
aphrodisiac, but its potency and success rates were not recorded.
Sowing: Sow indoors Feb - March. Outdoors April onwards
Sow under glass February-March at a depth of 6mm (¼ “) Seeds should germinate in 10-14 days
Transplant in June to crop autumn and the following May. Artichokes need a position that receives 8 hours or more sun per day.
sow direct when the soil has warmed up in mid spring (April) for
cropping the following year. Sow in free draining soil, 2-3 seeds in
stations 30cm (12in) apart. Seed sown outdoors flowers the year after
sowing. Thin out so that there is one good plant every 60cm (24in). The
thinnings can be transplanted. Artichokes need constant moisture: water
thrive in moderate climates near the sea where the soil has a high salt
content. Seaweed is said to be the best fertilizer possible for these
the plants well watered until established. Apply a mulch around the
stems in May. During the summer months hoe regularly and apply a liquid
fertilizer at fortnightly intervals. Water thoroughly when the weather
In late autumn cut down the stems and cover the crowns with bracken, leaves or straw. Remove this protective covering in April.
come in different sizes: baby, medium, and jumbo. All three sizes grow
on the same plant. The jumbo grows on the centre stalk, the medium grow
on the sides, and the babies at the base. They are not merely immature
globes are harvested before the blossoms open to ensure the best
flavour. The size of a mature artichoke is dependent upon its placement
on the plant. Those at the top can be enormous while those at the base,
shaded by dense leaves, may grow no larger than a ping-pong ball. As
soon as the petals begin to open, they are overripe, no matter the
After harvesting the main head, secondary heads will appear and these too can be used.
Expected yield per mature plant: 10-12 heads. Productive life: 4 years
Artichokes can be stored briefly in plastic bags to preserve their moisture content.
Rotation considerations: Avoid following Jerusalem artichoke or sunflower.
Good companions: Sunflower and Tarragon
Bad companions: None.