In a contest of “most striking vegetable,” artichoke would be a top contender. This plant’s formidable size (3 to 4 feet high by 2 to 3 feet wide), spiky leaves, and tall stalks topped by enormous, edible flower buds give it a decidedly prehistoric appearance. The leaf-like brachts and center (heart) of the immature artichoke flower are the tasty parts with which most of us are familiar. But what else is there to know about artichoke? We decided to investigate. Read on to find out what we learned about this unusual veggie, and for tips on how to grow it yourself!