September 19, 2011
The Ultimate Social Food
Artichokes are the ultimate social food, bringing people together for a savory, heart-healthy experience that gets better with each petal and ends with a hidden treasure – the Artichoke heart.
No matter the size of the Choke, it is possible to create two to four servings out of one whole, fresh Artichoke by cutting the cooked Artichoke in halves or quarters. This makes the Artichoke a perfect dish for sharing around the dinner table with family and friends.
No matter how you serve them, Artichokes are a wonderful food for sharing, either as an appetizer, a side dish or for the main course. Check out this video for tips to increase the number of servings you can get from one Artichoke.
Cut up an Artichoke and share the love tonight!
September 1, 2011
Newsletter - September 2011
August 24, 2011
Pairing Artichokes & Wine
Mark Oldman, author of the Brave New World of Wine book and the Drink Bravely blog, visited the Ocean Mist Farms Artichoke fields to share wine pairing tips for his favorite food – Artichokes! Castroville, Calif. is the city of Mark’s dreams (in his own words!) because it is the home of the Artichoke.
Some wine connoisseurs say Artichokes are difficult to pair with wine because there is a compound in Artichokes that makes wine taste sweeter. Mark believes Artichokes and wine go together beautifully and suggests pairing your Chokes with an acidic, tangy white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Grüner Veltliner.
Wine selection may also be determined by how the Artichokes are cooked. Grilling creates a tasty bitterness that can be complemented by red wines such as Merlot or Zinfandel. The sauce in which the vegetables will be cooked or served should also be considered. A hearty tomato sauce can be complemented with a fruity Italian red wine or a dry rose. A cream-based or other white sauce calls for a Sauvignon Blank or a Chardonnay.
Watch the video of Mark Oldman enjoying the Ocean Mist Farms Artichoke fields and sharing his wine pairing tips. For more information about pairing wine and Artichokes, visit our Pairing Tips page on the Ocean Mist Farms website.