Softneck – Artichoke
Sicilian Artichoke Garlic varietal produces exceptionally well, stores for long periods of time with ease, and has a fierce fiery flavor that smokes the store-bought look-alikes!
Artichoke garlic has a mild to spicy flavor, that like its color can change with growing conditions. The head colors range from pearly white to purple streaked, although not as showy as purple stripe hard-necks, artichokes have the advantage of being brandable! Sicilian artichoke most likely originated in Europe, where it was cultivated from Silk Road traded seed. History and folklore surrounding garlic in this area of the world span from the dawn of literature to present day time, with one of the earliest mentionings of garlic in Homer’s Iliad (700 B.C.)
The draught prescribed fair Hecamede prepares, Arsinous’ daughter, graced with golden hairs: (Whom to his aged arms, a royal slave, Greece, as the prize of Nestor’s wisdom gave:) A table first with azure feet she placed; Whose ample orb a brazen charger graced; Honey new pressed, the sacred flour of wheat, And wholesome garlic, crowned the savory treat…
– Book XI. Argument. The Third Battle, and the Acts of Agamemnon (42)
There was even once a tradition in Sicily to place garlic in a birthing bed for a successful delivery! If you still have some Sicilian left after harvesting and planting, why not try the delicious Amogghio recipe, a classic Sicilian topping for summer BBQs!