It’s now official: Ocean Mist Farms and Rouses Supermarkets built the world’s largest fresh artichoke display on Saturday, April 21, at the Rouses store at 4500 Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans.
The display was certified by the World Record’s Academy and will be included in the academy’s book for fresh largest artichoke display along with photos.
The Rouses team used 20,000 fresh green globe Ocean Mist Farms artichokes to build the display and an artichoke-filled ornament suspended above the display in the shape of New Orleans' beloved symbol: the Fleur-di-lis. The display took 20 hours to complete and was photographed and measured for certification.
“Artichokes are a big part of our food culture here in New Orleans and we did a little investigating and learned there is no record-setting display for fresh vegetables,” said Joe Watson, director of produce, Rouses Supermarkets.
The display was unveiled on Saturday, April 21, with a special appearance by “Arti” the artichoke and Dale Huss, vice president artichoke production, Ocean Mist Farms. In addition, Rouses showed shoppers how to clean and prepare an artichoke for cooking, and served “easy baked artichokes” with chipotle mayo.
April marks the peak season for Ocean Mist Farms artichokes with a good supply of green globe artichokes shipping now out of Castroville, Calif., to grocery stores nationwide.