Globe artichokes - Cynara scolymus

Culinary use:

Artichokes have a lovely nutty flavour, they do take a bit of preparation though. Whisk two tablespoons of flour and the juice of a lemon in a pan, top up with water. Drop in the whole artichokes and simmer for 45-60 minutes. The flour and lemon juice stops the artichokes from going brown. Once cooked serve with a hollandaise dip.

Cultivars and varieties:

Seeds to plant now:

Indoor or in a heated greenhouse

Antwerp hollyhock, Fig-leaved hollyhock, Hollyhock

Bristly hollyhock

Common hollyhock

Hollyhock

Lettuce

Outside

Broad bean

Outside under cover

Onion

What else to plant:

Outside

Apple & pear trees (bare rooted)

Roses (bare rooted)