DEAR NEW FARM:
I love the artichokes on Andy Griffin's journal page (The
value--and the limits--of fantasy in any farming operation,
November 2004). I would like to find out where I can get seeds
for that type of artichoke.
We asked ‘da man’ himself. Here’s what
Andy had to say:
“Regarding the purple artichokes
in the photo, the teardrop shaped ones are called ‘Violetti’
and the plumper one is a ‘Romagna’. I have gotten
the ‘Violetti’ seeds from Territorial Seeds
as well as from Ornamental Edible Seeds www.ornamentaledibles.com.
The ‘Romagna’ seeds came from Italy in a chef’s
suitcase but are probably available from Seeds of Italy
It’s important to know that neither variety is particularly
consistent—the artichokes range in color from purple
to green and the shape from tulip through teardrop to globe.
The size is usually small and the buds are best picked young
to be consumed whole after a brief steaming or sauté.
Hope this helps.”
us with comments, suggestions and questions.