Wednesday, December 03, 2014

I am not a fan

The artichoke has become the most important winter crop for the Vega Baja. This year, nearly 1,600 hectares of this vegetable were planted which should produce over 20,000 tons. That make the area the main producer in Spain. About 50% of the crop will be exported.

Rain in the recent weeks, combined with a drop in temperature have helped to mature the crop which is now ready for picking. Symbolically there is a ceremony where the first head is picked, this year by the president of the Artichoke Association of the Vega Baja accompanied by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Water and the chef from La Finca restaurant.

Afterwards, they retired to a San Fulgencio where they tasted a variety of dishes prepared with artichokes.

I find eating that them by peeling away the leaves to just eat the tips very messy and boiled in a stew, they taste bland. There are many other vegetables that I prefer including Brussels sprouts, broccoli, peas, cauliflower, cabbage, beans even carrots.

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