Group 2 Artichoke Chinese


SHIPMENT DATE: Begins SEPTEMBER (Yams, Artichokes, Yacon and others in this category are sent out beginning in September).  Orders received will be placed on a first come first serve basis.

Please note these items are sent from a different location than seeds, books etc so cannot be combined for freight charges

101 in stock


Heritage Status: New Zealand

Bio-Region of Origin: Christchurch
Quantity: A starter bag

Description: We have been sent these little beauties originally by Mr R.H.Lord of Hoon Hay Christchurch however they have come in from many parts of New Zealand. We believe they came to New Zealand with the Chinese goldminers and so are quite common around the old goldmining towns of Coromandel, Central Otago etc. They are a member of the mint family, and grow just like mint so keep them in a barrel if you’re worried about them running way. Like the yams, do not harvest until the tops have died right back, which will be the middle of winter up north. They taste a lot like kumara, but look like maggots or similar, certainly like wriggly grubs! They require very little cooking, maybe two minutes, or they go soft. Sautéed is best, or lightly steamed. These artichokes are known as brain food.

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Planting Instructions: These are a member of the mint family so plant in a barrel or restricted area if you are worried about them becoming invasive. Grow in full sun or light shade. Plant 2cm deep and 30cm apart in good soil. Mulch. They need regular moisture over the growing season. Harvest after the tops die back usually in July.