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Growing Artichokes (Globe)

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02 Jul 19 Daila (Australia - temperate climate)
I just wanted to let you know that in Sydney, NSW it doesnt matter where I buy globe artichokes from they are as tough and dry and clearly picked too late, because by the time i gets to retail - you can forget about it. I cant tell you how much money I have spent and then the globe ends up in the bin - at $2.99 - $3.50 a single globe, ill let you do the math. Im Italian and there are at least 20 different ways I cook with them and because I know they have such a short shelf life, I keep hoping that Ill be rewarded, so i keep buying them - and throwing them away. Can you please pass onto the growers (if you know who they are) that if they pick the globes when they fully grown - its too late. So the retailers wont be able to sell them, we wont buy them anymore and all that hard work goes to waste - as does the crop at the markets. You already have half the population who have no idea how to cook them - why treat this little gem with such disrespect??? I dont get it. We are so lucky in Oz we can get ANY type of fruit or veg at any time of the year, but we cant get the globe artichoke right. Ever noticed why they are NEVER featured on any cooking show? MKR - Masterchef - funny that. I know for a fact that they are really difficult to grow, but it would be nice to be able to enjoy them when they are in season... and i would pay more if only i knew I could get a tender one (regardless of how good it looks on the outside). Thanks for listening - i tried searching growers on social media to gripe - but had no luck. Cheers
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