The big, round California green globe is the most common here in the United States, but there are scores of different artichoke cultivars—encompassing a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors. Here are 9 unique varieties to watch out for in the markets.
Classic Green Globe
The classic green globe, sometimes called just the globe, has a buttery-tasting heart and bottom and an ample amount of meat at the base of the petals. This artichoke, which ranges in size from three to five inches in diameter and was traditionally cultivated as a perennial, was originally brought to California from Italy but is similar in shape and flavor to the French camus de bretagne, a summer choke grown in Brittany.