R & J Mazza Pty Ltd
Globe Artichokes have a sweet heart which is encased by layers of bracts
resembling an armoured crown.
The globe artichoke is one of the most intriguing and unique vegetable both in appearance and
nutritional value. It has been consumed for centuries, and although its important nutrients
were recognised in ancient history, unfortunately many people in modern society are not
aware of the numerous health benefits the globe artichoke can offer, nor are they aware of its
distinctive, delicious taste.
The globe artichoke is an impressive-looking globe-shaped vegetable, brilliantly created with
many layers of bracts (leaf-like structures) which, similar to an armoured crown, encases and
protects a delicate, edible, sweet heart. The globe artichoke is actually the plant’s flower which
is picked prematurely. If allowed to flower, this plant produces an attractive purple thistle-like
bloom, often used in flower arrangements.
There are many artichoke varieties, colours and shapes available on the commercial market,
but we have only chosen the varieties which suit our climate and sales, while offering premium
flavours. Globe artichokes may seem daunting to prepare, but guided by our preparation and
cooking techniques, they are not difficult, and the flavour and health properties are well worth
any effort. This website has recipes and different preparation methods which will assist you to
create and enjoy some delicious dishes using the globe artichoke.
Antioxidants & Artichokes
According to the Heart Foundation,
their Summary of Evidence report
states that cooked vegetables often
reduce nutritional quality. Heating
can result in oxidation, degradation
or leaching that leads to lower levels
of antioxidants and other
components. However, when cooked
the GLOBE ARTICHOKE increased
its total antioxidant capacity (TAC)
by 500%. AMAZING! This report is
on their website (see page 11)
Health & Nutrition
Globe artichokes are a very
ancient vegetable which has been
used medicinally for centuries.
Their health benefits are numerous
as they contain more antioxidants
then red wine, are high in plant
protein, improves digestive health
disorders and are high in iron,
niacin and phosphorus.
Globe Artichokes are best
eaten with a good red wine
and close friends!