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
“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 www.territorial-seed.com
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 www.seedsofitaly.com.
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
us with comments, suggestions and questions.