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Posted on June 5 at 8:17 a.m.
There are two varieties of artichokes available, if you exclude the purple ones. The large, thornless ones are inedible, and it bothers me that they are foisted of on unsuspecting consumers. The real artichokes, like those grown in Castroville, have sharp stickers on the ends of the leaves and are more loosely packed. I grow my own, and, while not having a problem with aphids, easily cured with ladybugs, I have had a problem with earwigs. Growing artichokes in our climate is challenging since they prefer the overcast skies of the northern coast.