When an uncurled fern frond first peaks through the soil in the spring, it is called a "fiddlehead". Fiddlehead ferns offer an earthy, nutty flavor that has been likened to the taste of asparagus, artichokes, and mushrooms.
Hairy eggplant may be eaten raw by themselves or cooked in dishes to add a touch of piquant sweet and sourness -
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The emerald artichoke variety can range from small to large size. Each artichoke is a bright green, with meaty flesh.
Late Winter through Spring
Many of the older artichoke varieties are grown from cuttings and will be left in the field for many years and harvested many seasons from the same plant. Rutiz Farms grows emerald variety from seed and as an annual plant, and only harvests from the plant for one season before plowing them under. The Emerald variety is favored because it is thorn-less.
The emerald artichoke is a cousin of the green globe artichoke. The green emerald variety grows best in the California climate.