CASTROVILLE, Calif. – (Dec. 8, 2010) – As a result of the recent cold temperatures throughout California, highly flavorful fresh artichokes known as “Frost Kissed” artichokes are now available to purchase in local area grocery stores.
Artichokes are frost kissed when the temperature drops below 32 degrees.
“The impact of frost on artichokes is similar to how human skin reacts to a sunburn,” said Kori Tuggle, director of marketing and business development, Ocean Mist Farms. “Frost burns the outside layer of the artichoke causing it to turn brown, flake and peel.”
Cooking the artichoke removes the brown, peeling outer layer resulting in the soft green artichoke that people know and love.
“Frosting is strictly a cosmetic condition,” Tuggle said. “While the brownish color may not look pretty, frost kissed artichokes taste wonderful. The cold weather concentrates the natural artichoke flavors into a more intense, nutty flavor.”
Artichoke lovers can visit the Ocean Mist Farms web site to learn more about these unique, seasonal artichokes.
“A frost kissed artichoke is a very unique item that is only available during winter months,” Tuggle said. “Because they are seasonal, we want people to look for them at the grocery store and be sure to buy them during the short time they are in stock.”