A Brief History of The Legends of Artichokes

November 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm 2 comments

artichokesThis is a brief history of the legends of artichokes and a recipe from my cook book in progress.

Cultivated since around 371 to 287 BC, the artichoke is believed to be native to the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. The part we eat is the flower bud of the plant that opens to a beautiful violet-blue thistle flower.

Aegean legend says that Zeus seduced a beautiful young mortal woman and was so smitten with her that he made her a goddess so she could stay close to him at his home on Olympia. Becoming homesick, she made a secret visit back to the world of mortals to see her mother. When she returned to Olympia, Zeus was so enraged by her un-goddess like behavior that he hurled her back to earth in the form of a thistle plant, what we now know as an artichoke.

Artichoke Salad
1 can artichoke hearts, quartered
1 large tomato( home grown or farmer’s market,of course!) cut into chunks.
1/2 cup fried corn kernels; these are so good!
1/2 cup sliced black olives
Toss with:
A good splash Balsamic vinegar
2 0r 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Garlic powder to taste
Salt, if you like.
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon of Italian herb blend
A good sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese

Fabulous and healthy flavors of the Mediterranean! I hope you have enjoyed the legend of the artichoke and my recipe! Stay tuned for more!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. job ballard  |  June 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    nice one, i am a fan of Greek mythology and it seems they had a story for everything…


    • 2. claystephens  |  June 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

      They did, didn’t they? Love knowing about the history and legends of things….some very unusual stories out there! Thanks for viewing!



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