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English Globe Artichokes have arrived! These globes come from Clive Martin's farm in Cambridgeshire. Clive's already come up trumps this season with lovely asparagus and rhubarb from his fenland farm, we're sure his artichokes will hit the spot too. You can read more about him and watch his video here
Henry VIII was a fan of globe artichokes and he grew them in his garden at New Hall in Essex back in 1530. We're not quite sure how King Henry would have eaten them but our favourite method is super simple: steam them over a pot of water fragranced with a few garlic cloves and bay leaves. It takes 45 mins to 1 hr, and it's worth the wait. Make up a dish of melted garlic butter and dip each leaf in the butter, nibbling the tender base until you get to the gorgeous heart of the choke in the very centre.