A is for
I’m not quite sure how this works. But I think the idea is to go through the alphabet and describe yourself with each letter in turn.
I’m an artichoke admirer. This is the only plant that survived from when we started trying to grow these back in 2007. It hides under the apple tree and the ants bring the black aphids and party on down big time in my one surviving artichoke. When you buy these commercially if they have no aphids they will have been sprayed a lot. Always worth thinking about when you buy vegetables.
We encourage the ladybirds to stay and breed in the garden and the ladybird larvae usually eat all the aphids they can find. Sometimes though the aphids seem to get the upper hand, but eventually the ladybirds do their magic and a balance is restored.
My sister is passionate about artichokes, as was my mother, who was often heard to say she would rather have an artichoke for dessert than a creamy cakey thing.
Wish I had more than one plant but so it goes sometimes. We had four artichokes from this one last month. I like to eat them boiled with a little butter and lots of sea salt and black pepper, but they are also very good with a nice balsamic vinaigrette.
The artichoke can be an intimidating vegetable if you have never faced one on the plate. You only nibble the fleshy bases of the leaves which you peel off one at a time, discarding the leaves. Take the hairy choke part away, ( a teaspoon can be helpful here) and then you are left with the prize, the base, grey and unappetising looking and tasting faintly of aniseed, but quite addictive once you get a taste for them. Some artichokes picked small enough have no choke at all – those are the ones you find most often in jars in delicatessens.
Anyway hope I did this right. If you want to join in, visit Chiots Blog here to find out more about The Alphabet in August. I’ll see if I can keep up!
Image from Chiots Blog by permission.