Artichokes

Always select artichokes that feel firm, have tight petals and have a fresh squeak when you squeeze them. Note, some Artichoke varieties have sharp thorns this time of year at the tip of the petals, so be careful during handling.

Artichokes Globe

Artichokes are available year-round.

Spring is the “prime time” for in season Artichokes from California. Globe artichokes range in size from three to five inches in diameter. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom.

The heart and the flesh at the base of the petals of a cooked Artichoke have a mild vegetable flavor that is slightly nutty – it makes a great addition to casseroles, potato salads, dips and more!

Artichokes Baby

Available year-round with a peak season in the spring.

Baby green artichokes are tender and have firm leaves throughout. It is mini version of the traditional globe artichokes with needle-like thorns on the tips of the artichoke’s outer leaves. The raw baby artichoke is crisp, slightly bitter, and nutty. When cooked, baby artichokes develop flavors of toasted nuts and caramel.

Artichokes Purple

Available year-round with a peak season in the spring.

Purple artichoke is characterized by its tulip shaped and exterior deep violet colored. It is harvested young, for its tenderness and rich flavor. This immature artichoke has intense fruity and nutty flavors and grassy tones and is considered to be the most flavorful of all baby artichoke varieties.

Crosne

Available in the late fall.

Crosnes (Chinese or Japanese Artichoke) look like misshapen pearls connected to one another. Crosnes have a crunchy texture and earthy flavor, similar to a Jerusalem artichoke in taste. Crosnes offer a nutty sweetness and juiciness taste.

Sunchokes

Available year-round, with a peak season in the fall and early spring.

Sunchokes are thin-skinned potato-look-a-likes. Sunchokes are similar to potatoes, some varieties are smooth whereas others are more knobbed. The tubers have a light-beige to tan-colored skin. The crisp, ivory flesh of the Sunchoke has a texture similar to water chestnuts and a sweet, nutty flavor.

Asparagus

Perfect spears are firm and have a meaty density and a lean-rich ratio of grass and butter. Packed with flavor, vitamins and nutrients, fresh Asparagus can make meals exciting in many ways.

Asparagus

Available year-round with a peak season of spring.

Local asparagus season begins in April followed by local farms in May and June. Meanwhile, when local season is done, fresh asparagus is available from Mexico and their crop peak in the month of March.

Asparagus is cultivated for their ability to maintain a succulent and firm texture when harvested at maximum maturity. They are similar to many of the same flavor characteristics of pencil and medium asparagus, however, jumbo asparagus may be quite richer in grassiness.

Asparagus, Petite

Available year-round, asparagus is at its finest from winter through spring.

Tender and tasty, small asparagus is especially popular with chefs. Fresh and flavorful, this thin asparagus is a popular vegetable in fine restaurants.

Asparagus, Purple

Peak season from spring through early summer.

Purple asparagus is a similar in appearance and flavor to both white and green varieties. It is characterized by its violet hued stems and conical crowned tips. Its flesh remained pale green to creamy white. Purple asparagus is less fibrous and more tender than other asparagus types. Also, its sweetness is much higher than other asparagus varieties. Cooked purple asparagus develops notes of artichoke, barley and almonds.

Asparagus, White

White asparagus is available year-round.

White asparagus spears are pearly white, thick and rounded. Their flavor is mild and slightly herbaceous with nutty, earthy notes of artichoke and fresh white corn.

How do you choose it? Avoid Asparagus bunches that have an odor, wrinkled spears, spread open tips or soft tips. Look for a healthy green color, though a little purpling is not a problem.

For information about seasonality and availability, please inquire with your VegiWorks’ Sales Representative for more details.