Artichoke Center of the World

I can ride my bike to Castroville, “The Artichoke Center of the World.” The artichoke is the Official Vegetable of Monterey County.

Artichokes

Why can’t I find good, fresh artichokes in the store (Albertson’s and Nob Hill), even during the peak March to May season? I thought the petals were supposed to be tight and the artichoke heavy – like the ones I lucked on in this photo. They’ve been in the refrigerator for a few days – which explains the brown tips, but I rarely see them like this.

Anyway, artichokes, for me, are only an excuse to eat mayonnaise. But not like Oleg Zhornitskiy.

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