Boil whole in salted water with some lemon juice, or roast. Eat hot or cold, dipped in melted butter or vinaigrette.
Keep for up to a week in the bottom of the fridge.
Harvested late May to late July - smaller heads from new plants in Sept/Oct.
Ours were bred from French stock, imported by Guy Watson and his dad in a rowing boat from Brittany. If you leave globe artichokes to grow they will open into the purple flowers sold in dried flower shops. They're a great thing to grow where rabbits are a pest, as rabbits just won't touch them.