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RE: when do you know it is ready?

  • Subject: RE: when do you know it is ready?
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 07:25:17 -0700

For artichokes? I like 'em simple - boil (some people steam them; flavor
is better but they are tougher IMO) until a leaf pulls off easily (about
40 mins for a large 'choke) and dip the leaves into mayonnaise. Some
people like melted butter instead of mayo.

Cyndi


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Theresa G.
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 7:13 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] when do you know it is ready?

Thanks for the advice.  Do you have a favorite recipe??
Theresa

Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI wrote:
> You want to pick artichokes when the buds look fat but before the
> "petals" start to open up. Sort of a judgement call at first, takes a
> little practice. Since you're essentially eating an unripe flower
anyway
> it's okay if you pick them early.  I have seen baby ones for sale in
the
> markets but I'm not sure how you're supposed to eat them - you'd still
> have to take out the choke I imagine.
>
> Cyndi
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Theresa G.
> Sent: Friday, May 08, 2009 7:18 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] when do you know it is ready?
>
> Artichokes are perennial here.  Picked one for a friend and hope it is
> ready- looked like it.
> Think my loquat has a couple more days still before it is completely
> ripe.  It is yellowish, but doesn't have any give when gently
squeezed.
>
> I will watch out for the  birds!!
> Thanks,
> Theresa
> james singer wrote:
>
>> Loquats should be their ripe color [golden]. Otherwise they lack
>> sweetness and flavor. If the skin gets blemished [a few brown spots]
>> in the meantime, don't worry about it. Also, they ought to be
>> softish... it's okay to squeeze them gently to test; they don't
>> bruise. And watch out for birds--commercial growers put paper bags on
>> them to keep the birds away. Wonderful fruits when ripe, great for
>> out-of-hand and tarts and pies, but they don't juice very well; skin
>> must be an important contributor to the flavor.
>>
>> Artichokes are another matter. Don't know; never grew them. Guess I'd
>> pick one when it looks like it's edible and try it. Are they a
>> perennial there?
>>
>>
>> On May 8, 2009, at 6:02 PM, Theresa G. wrote:
>>
>>
>>> Help- when do I pick my loquats?  One is nicely yellowish now.
>>>
>>> Also- how do you know when an artichoke is ready to pick?
>>>
>>> T.
>>>
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>> Elevation 148'
>> 39.9" Precipitation
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>> Sunset Zone 6
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