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How to Grow Artichokes

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Though they originated in the Mediterranean region as perennials, you can grow artichokes as annuals in cooler temperatures, where they will produce firm, round edible buds in about 180 days
  • Artichokes are heavy feeders that require full sun and special soil considerations to thrive; you can grow them in your garden as edible plants or ornamental flowers
  • Artichokes contain high amounts of fiber, as well as beneficial nutrients such as vitamins C, K and B9 (folate), magnesium and potassium
  • Among their many health benefits, artichokes have been shown to prevent cancer, regulate your blood pressure, promote healthy bowel movements and support your heart, gallbladder and liver

While the thought of growing artichokes might be intimidating, I assure you that bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to your garden may be easier than you may have imagined. Artichokes are tasty when served fresh from the garden, and they can be successfully grown even in cooler climates.

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