Oyster mushrooms have scallop-shaped caps that range in sizes from button to sand dollar. Their coloring varies from snow grey to pale brown. Oyster mushrooms are rather mild and sweet in flavor.
Chi gu is also known as Chinese Arrowhead and cigu, it is botanically classified as Sagittaria sagittifolia -
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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 variety can range from small to large size. Each artichoke is a bright green, with meaty flesh.
The emerald artichoke is a cousin of the green globe artichoke. The green emerald variety grows best in the California climate.