I bought a ridiculous amount of produce at the market this week.
I can’t help it. Stone fruit is in season. There were bags of apricots, bags of peaches, nectarines, and a handful of something called a plum cot (those were gone within 3 minutes, easily). There were thoughts of pies and jams and other delicious pastries in my near future.
I could barely carry my bags by the time we got back to the car. Maybe it should have been a cart kind of day. You know it’s almost summer when I have to break out the cart. Oh man, I just thought about tomato season…
Don’t even get me started on tomato season. I have to start saving my money now.
But this week there was a particular item that everyone was talking about. They were poking out of everyone’s bags, and people who hadn’t discovered them kept asking me where I found mine.
Gorgeous and kind of exotic, these are simply artichokes that have grown past the edible stage. The artichokes that we eat are the flower bud before it blooms.
Once the artichoke has reached this stage, the fruit becomes super coarse and basically inedible, but it is still quite a conversation starter. The flower almost reminded me of sea anemone and they were super soft. Brad really, really liked them, so we picked up a giant one for him to walk around with.
Everyone wanted to touch our artichoke flower.
Before we left the market, we were gifted a couple other, smaller artichoke flowers, and I threw them all together at home in a funky artichoke flower arrangement.
Apparently I just can’t get enough of produce as decoration.