and storing artichokes
Artichokes should be harvested when the buds have grown to maximum size but before the bracts or
leaves on the bud begin to spread open. On the seeded varieties, once mature, the buds do not enlarge
more nor do the bracts spread. Buds left on the plant past their prime tend to become woody and bitter.
The terminal bud is harvested first and then the lateral buds will mature later. Artichokes and the
heart of the artichoke can be frozen whole, canned, or dried.
Harvest before the leaves on the bud begin