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Artichoke named official state vegetable

By John Palminteri, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Senior Reporter, johnp1250@aol.com
Published On: May 20 2013 02:56:06 PM CDT
Updated On: May 20 2013 10:04:53 PM CDT
Artichokes

(Photo location: Tri-County Produce)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The artichoke is now the official vegetable of California.

The state recently gave the stout green vegetable the special distinction.

In the Northern California city of Castroville,  5000 acres of artichokes are grown annually.

Overall 99 percent of all the artichokes in the U.S. are grown in California.

Nutritionists say artichokes are high in fiber and antioxidants. 

They are also good for digestion and some say they are helpful if you have a hangover.

This time of year, artichokes are at their peak.

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