This weekend we stopped by Ham House for a wander around the grounds, despite the drizzle. We also spent some time carefully inspecting all the plants growing in the kitchen garden. They use what’s grown in the garden in Orangery Café, which is right next to the garden.
As we were wandering the rows of the kitchen garden, I spotted a giant dinosaur-like plant in the distance; and I thought, ”Whoa…Now that’s a giant thistle!” But then when got closer I realized that it wasn’t a genetically modified form of the prickly purple thistle that all farmers loathe—it was actually a globe artichoke!
I’d never seen an artichoke plant before, have you? It’s cool to see how things grow because so often we just find things clean and shiny on our supermarket shelves.
When I got home and wikipedia-ed ‘artichoke,’ I discovered that in fact artichokes are perennial thistles! The part of the artichoke that we consume is the bud; if it’s allowed to flower it produces a large purple bloom. Ya’ learn something new everyday! ;)
I’ve actually never eaten an artichoke(!!) but I’ve thought it looked fun…like eating a flower, which it is since you consume the pre-flower. Do you have a favorite way to eat artichokes?
Here’s a few of the other lovely things we found amongst the rows of the kitchen garden.Their lettuce looks amazing and it’s nicely protected from ninja rabbits. It’s also A LOT bigger than the lettuce growing on my balcony.There was lots of lovely red rhubarb. We didn’t visit the cafe, but I’d love to know what they were making with it. (I made this with rhubarb last week.)
And this flower brought some sunshine to our dark gray weekend.