If you love artichokes as much as I do, you’ll love this awesome post about locally grown Arizona artichokes! When Sabrina saw these beauties in our Phoenix cooler, she couldn’t not learn more. Keep reading to find out what she discovered!
Guest Blogger: Sabrina Mesa
When you think of Arizona this is usually what people think about…
Cacti, cacti everywhere!! Most people are pretty surprised that Arizona is more than just cacti and dirt. The Arizona desert is actually a very diverse ecosystem with more than just prickly plants. According to the National Park Service:
The Sonoran Desert is thought to have the greatest species diversity of any desert in North America, and that diversity occurs over relatively fine spatial scales. The Sonoran Desert is home to at least 60 species of mammals, more than 350 bird species, 20 amphibians, some 100 reptiles, and about 30 species of native fish. More than 2,000 species of plants have been identified in the Sonoran Desert…
I am an Arizona native and I cannot believe that all these years Arizona can still surprise me. The biggest surprise came when I went to visit our Phoenix branch. In their cooler I saw these beauties:
This is one stem of an Artichoke Blossom. ONE stem with four massive artichokes!! I could not believe my eyes. The bloom was so large and the color of the artichoke leaves were such a beautiful shade of purple. As I looked at the rest of the inventory I noticed most of the stems were just as large and just as impressive.
Where did all these artichokes come from? I finally went into the office and asked the buyer and she was like “They are locally grown.” WHAT??????!!!! No way!! I kept telling her that there is no way those massive artichokes were grown in Arizona. Of course I was wrong and boy oh boy I was happy to be wrong. Check these out…
Not only are they locally grown but they are organic as well. The farmer uses only lady bugs as a means to keep the bad bugs away. What a great find! The farmer is an Italian born gentleman who is as passionate about his crop as the artichokes are large. He stopped by and gave me a little background. He said that he started out in Mexico with artichokes and asparagus, but the artichokes didn’t do as well as he had hoped. He moved his crop to Phoenix, and lo and behold the soil gave him a big vibrant crop! He said that the soil in Arizona is by far the largest success factor.
From now on hopefully you all think of Artichokes and Cacti when you think of Arizona. They are both pretty great but one is a little easier to work into an arrangement 😉