National Artichoke Hearts Day

Every March 16th, a holiday rolls around that many people will want to celebrate. This holiday is dedicated to some very nutritious and delicious plants that can be added to any dish or meal.

Of course, we’re talking about artichokes, and the holiday we’re referring to is known as National Artichoke Hearts Day. On this holiday, people are encouraged to prepare artichoke hearts in any way they see fit. After all, they can be cooked in several different ways, including roasting, grilling, and even in a pressure cooker.

Amazing Facts About Artichokes

We’ve discovered some interesting facts about artichokes that we would like to share with everyone right here and right now. We think the following artichoke facts are the perfect accompaniment to any meal celebrated on this holiday.

  • Technically speaking, artichokes are flower buds that haven’t blossomed yet.
  • In many countries prior to the 16th century, women were prohibited from eating artichokes because of their perceived aphrodisiac properties.
  • France, Italy, and Spain are the top producers of artichokes in the world.
  • In the U.S., the state of California produces the entire U.S. crop.
  • If artichokes are cooked in aluminum pots, they can turn gray.
  • Artichokes were brought to Britain by the Dutch during the 15th century.
  • Spanish and French settlers brought artichokes to North America during the 19th century.
  • Artichokes are great for the gallbladder and liver. They also aid in digestion.

Observing National Artichoke Hearts Day

Since artichokes pair well with a variety of different food components, it shouldn’t be too difficult to observe this holiday by anyone who wants to do so.

Artichokes pair well with butter, most cheeses, garlic, onions, sun-dried tomatoes, potatoes, olive oil, and shallots. While you’re observing this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalArtichokeHeartsDay to let everyone know how you’re serving artichoke hearts on this day.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 16 Saturday
Next year (2025)
March 16 Sunday
Last year (2023)
March 16 Thursday
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