Avoid bronze artichokes?

I saw a ton of artichokes at the local produce store, some very green and some totally bronze. The bronze ones also seemed a different shape so I thought they were separate varieties. Google revealed that the bronzing comes from frost exposure. Should bronze artichokes be avoided or are they perfectly OK? If I ever moved to California it might be to be near the center of the artichoke industry.

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Liz D
Liz D April 20, 2016

I have always read that the bronzing from frost is not a problem

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Greenstuff
Greenstuff April 20, 2016

We get those "frost-kissed" artichokes here in California as well. They are, as you hoped, perfectly okay. Totally bronze ones with a different shape would make me ask some questions wouldn't automatically make me avoid them.

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BerryBaby
BerryBaby April 22, 2016

Castro Valley is the artichoke capital and I must say I have never seen artichokes as large and beautiful as what they grow there. We'd drive down just to pick up a bag of them. That was dinner, they were that large. An artichoke, sour dough bread and a glass of white wine. Those were the days!

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Jordan1324
Jordan1324 April 24, 2016

I think spell check has messed with you. Castroville is the center of the world for artichokes. Castro Valley is a San Francisco Bay Area suburb - and nice enough place, but the only artichokes there are in home gardens and at the supermarket

BerryBaby
BerryBaby April 24, 2016

Thanks, Jordan, for catching the error, yes, Castroville!

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