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March 16 – National Artichoke Heart Day

Posted on March 16, 2012

National Artichoke Day

Five Food Finds for Artichokes

  • The artichoke is the unopened “flower” bloom of a thistle plant.
  • A medium sized globe artichoke is fat free and has only 25 calories.
  • 3% of the world’s herbal tea consumption is dried artichoke tea.
  • 40% of the world’s artichokes are canned or jarred.
  • California is known as the artichoke capital of the world.  They supply nearly 100% of North American fresh artichokes.

Daily Food Quote

“After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual “food” out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking 30 or 40 postage stamps.” – Miss Piggy

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1915 Absinthe is outlawed in France and several other countries. Absinthe was a licorice/anise flavored liqueur that contained wormwood, and was 132 proof. The high alcohol content, and the presence of the toxic oil thujone from the wormwood, often causing hallucinations, convulsions, and severe mental problems amongst hard core absinthe drinkers.  Absinthe is now legal in the European Union.

1975 RIP T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist

1990 A Third Michelin star was awarded to Restaurant Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris. Chef Alain Ducasse, 33, is the youngest chef ever to have his restaurant receive 3 stars.


Posted on March 26, 2010

The origin of artichokes is unknown, though they are said to have come from the Maghreb (North Africa), where they are still found in the wild state. The seeds of artichokes, probably cultivated, were found during the excavation of Mons Claudianus in Egypt during the Roman period. The various names of the artichoke in European languages all ultimately come from Arabic al-kharshuf (approximate spelling) . The Arabic term Ardi-Shoki (ارضي شوكي) which means “ground thorny” is a folk etymology of the English name. The cardoon, a naturally occurring variant of the same species, is native to the Mediterranean, even though it has not been mentioned in extant Classic literature. Artichokes were cultivated in Sicily during the Greek occupation, the Greeks calling them kaktos. In…


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