Up and Coming Artichokes

Dear Readers of The Artichoke Blog

If you are regular visitors to this site you may know I have been documenting the past artichoke season in Italy and have been traveling around Italy on The Artichoke Blog mission trying to post regularly to this blog.

There are still many posts to come about the 2009/2010 season but at the moment I am having a holiday in Turkey and cannot be regular with my updates  for the next few weeks.

So here are just a few things to look forward to when I return from Turkey around mid June, 2010.

Another great meal and recipe from Mario Trattoria in Florence.

The Fried Artichoke Celebration of Uzzano in Tuscany

The beautiful town of Brisighella puts on a feast of its own thorny artichoke.

The famous street artichokes of Palermo in Sicily.

A sneak peak into a festival held in the hinterland town of Montelupone in Le Marche.

Putting the gloves on for these wild spiny Sardinian suckers.

The most adventurous savoury artichoke sorbet and gelato ever.

I hope that is enough to get you back here and keep checking out the latest posts on my obsession with artichokes in Italy.

Back soon.


The Artichoke Blog

8 Responses to “Up and Coming Artichokes”

  1. mikey says:

    Actually, I’ve never tried the dish you are talking about but I like the idea of it. I have made something similar in my kitchen experiments. I love the name Zeytinayali Enginar because it brings together two of my most favourite things, artichokes and olive oil. I couldn’t live without them. Thanks for your interest and your compliments.

  2. Ali says:

    Great blog you have here, really good stuff! Don’t tell me you never tried Turkish artichokes? It’s called Enginar in Turkey. This is how we usually have it:


    called Zeytinyali Enginar – meaning Arthicoke cooked in olive oil.

    I could have this everyday.

  3. mikey says:

    Hey Serge, Thanks for your comments. I will put a link to you on my gelato post and I will have another artichoke gelato and sorbet post coming up from Montelupone in Le Marche. I’ll put a link to you there as well. Stay tuned.

  4. Bretons like me love Artichokes.

    I discovered your site via the ‘Artichoke Gelato’ piece after an interview with a Gelato maker titled Cool Art of Gelato, A Few Scoops From Ciao Bella’s Book with F.W Pearce on ‘Serge the Concierge’.

    Take care

    ‘The French Guy from New Jersey’

  5. mikey says:

    Hi there, Comin from a writer I am chuffed you enjoy my blog. I was on a holiday until a few days ago so coudn’t get back to you sooner. The artichokes of San Erasmo in the Venetian lagoon are harvested between late April and end of June. If you are there now, make sure you don’t miss them. check these posts and this URL



  6. mikey says:

    Thanks Laurie, Back from the travels now and hope to get blogging again in the next week. Keep in touch.

  7. Emily says:

    It’s fun to read your site. I have a question that has proven surprisingly hard to find the answer to. At what time(s) of the year are artichokes harvested in/around Venice?

  8. Laurie says:

    Have fun, Michael. We miss you and look forward to the next round of posts. I especially want to know what you’ll do with those spiny fellows from Sardegna.

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