Artichoke Hearts with Curry
Artichokes are considered one of the world’s oldest foods. They are native to the Mediterranean area and are a member of the sunflower family. The ancestor of the artichoke is the North African thistle, which still grows in the wild today. Artichokes were first harvested by people in the Middle East.
The artichoke gained most of its popularity in ancient Rome and Greece around 70 A.D. Artichokes remained popular until the fall of the Roman Empire. It was not until the 1400s when they regained popularity in Florence, Italy. Their popularity spread, and by the 1500s they were being eaten throughout France.
Artichokes originally came to the United States in the early 1800s when French immigrants started growing the vegetable in the Louisiana territory. It wasn’t until the early 1900s when the artichoke became a US success. Italian immigrants in California started growing artichokes and selling them commercially. Today, California grows nearly 100 percent of all the artichokes sold in the US.
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For 4 Servings
1 cup Carnaroli rice
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 tablespoons of EV Olive Oil
½ glass of white table wine
1 pint chicken stock preprepared (or vegetable stock)
1 cup rinsed blueberries
1 cup roasted chestnuts or more, chopped in big pieces
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons gorgonzola cheese (optional)