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North Carolina Artichokes

North Carolina ArtichokesArtichokes vary greatly in size. Differences are not related to quality or maturity, but are determined by the part of the stalk the buds grow on; large ones on the center stalk, smaller ones on side branches, and "baby" artichokes (weighing about 2 ounces) at the base.

The largest artichokes, entree-sized specimens weighing a pound or more; are best when stuffed with a savory filling and served hot or cold. The medium-size artichokes are recommended for eating with sauces as an appetizer. The baby artichokes are completely edible when properly trimmed, and are often marinated and served in salads and in hot or cold antipastos.

North Carolina Artichokes Growers/Shipper List

Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Artichokes

Suitable Cooling Method(s)

Room Cooling

Optimum Temp ºF


Freezing Temp ºF


Normal Storage Life

2-3 weeks


Nick Augostini, Marketing Specialist
North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
202 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-7125