Artichoke Harvest in Castroville, the Artichoke Capital of the World!

I was looking through my images from our trip to the San Francisco Bay Area last summer and I came across these photos of the artichoke harvest in Castroville, California, which is the artichoke capital of the world! We were driving by one morning on the way from Monterey to Felton to go on the Roaring Camp narrow-gauge steam train. Fortunately we had a few minutes to watch the harvest process. I was amazed at how they sorted and boxed the artichokes right in the field. The large truck parked right next to the workers who walked the rows searching for all the ripe artichokes. They would grab on as they walked by and toss it over their shoulder without slowing a step. At the end of a row, they hoisted the bag up to someone on the truck and it would boxed in no time. Now I have a hankering for those yummy fried artichoke hearts! They melt in your mouth and I hope you get to Castroville sometime to try them fresh during late July when the artichoke harvest is in full swing! Of course, you could just go pick up a few in your local grocery store right now!  Maybe I should work for the California Artichoke Commission… Haha.

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Castroville, California Artichoke Capital of the world - Harvest - San Francisco Bay Area - Tossing Artichokes

This guy could outwork all his younger counterparts. He always filled his bag first and was so fast seeing the ripe ones! Notice the artichoke he just tossed up in his bag?

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Castroville, California Artichoke Capital of the world - Harvest - San Francisco Bay Area - Flowering Artichoke

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