I like to go to the vegetable's direct sales shop, because we can meet unusual vegetables and get some information at there.
And, I met artichoke and white asparagus at a marche in Paris this May for the first time. They are hardly seen in Japan.
Artichoke is the bud of flower. After boiled, we peeled off the calyxes, and ate the root of them. It was very delicious. But, we couldn't eat everything at that time, and we didn't know the center of artichoke is the most delicious part. And I heard it looks like the shape of a heart. It must be cute, right? So I would like to see and taste it next time. And artichoke is an excellent vegetable that has the dietary fiber a lot, and has the effect of lowering the cholesterol level.
And ,about white asparagus, their feature is to have a little more proteins and carbohydrate than other vegetables. I had never eaten the white asparagus such a big size that is not the canned. It was also very delicious.
By the way, I found a farmer is growing artichoke in Miura City in Kanagawa Prefecture. So ,I'm looking forward to the next spring!