Ontario Globe Artichokes
In Toronto, artichokes are typically imported from California but some Ontario farmers are begining to dabble with this fine Mediterranean vegetable. I prefer them steamed but grew up eating them baked and stuffed with breadcrumbs...delicious! While I enjoy the Californian artichokes, the Ontario-grown crop possesses a fantastic, peppery flavour that really sets it apart. They're also much smaller which means less cooking time. My vote lies with Ontario!
To read more about Ontario artichokes and the people who grow them, see this excellent Toronto Star article from the Food Section www.thestar.com/living/article/264983