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El Navarrico Premium Artichokes Hearts

Jewel of the Ebro

From the fer­tile Ebro Val­ley in Navar­ra, these deli­cious arti­choke hearts are grown in the best and most ide­al con­di­tions for their cultivation.

NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

El Navar¬≠ri¬≠co makes sure to care¬≠ful¬≠ly select and pre¬≠serve only the best arti¬≠chokes from the Ebro Val¬≠ley. These are par¬≠tial¬≠ly cooked, the leaves then are removed, and the hearts are trimmed by hand.

Every step in the process ensures that what you get are the most incred¬≠i¬≠bly ten¬≠der and deli¬≠cious arti¬≠choke hearts, with a slight¬≠ly nut¬≠ty flavor.

PREPA­RA­TION AND PAIRINGS

These Navar¬≠ra del¬≠i¬≠ca¬≠cies make for a won¬≠der¬≠ful snack or appe¬≠tiz¬≠er on their own, or on a graz¬≠ing board. But you can take it a step fur¬≠ther by adding it to your sal¬≠ads and pastas.

You can pair it with some of our incred¬≠i¬≠ble jam√≥n, like this one from Txan¬≠ton for a deli¬≠cious snack!

Or try your hand at an arti­choke heart gratin:

  • Drain the arti¬≠choke hearts on the side while you prep a bak¬≠ing sheet with alu¬≠minum foil driz¬≠zled with veg¬≠etable oil
  • Place the arti¬≠choke hearts on the sheet and sea¬≠son with salt and pep¬≠per. Add a thin lay¬≠er of bread¬≠crumbs mixed with Parmi¬≠giano-Reg¬≠giano, and driz¬≠zle with olive oil.
  • Broil for about 7 min¬≠utes, and serve with some lemon wedges.

MYTHS AND MAFIA

Did you know that the majes­tic arti­choke is part of the sun­flower fam­i­ly? It is, and the part we see sold is an unbloomed flower from the Mediter­ranean and Canary Islands.

In Greek Mythol¬≠o¬≠gy, the arti¬≠choke finds its ori¬≠gins when Zeus fell in love with a mor¬≠tal woman named Cynara. He took her to Olym¬≠pus and made her a god, but dis¬≠cov¬≠ered that she had been mak¬≠ing secret trips to her fam¬≠i¬≠ly on earth, whom she missed. Angered, he kicked her out of Olym¬≠pus, and turned her into a flower‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČthe Cynara car¬≠dun¬≠cu¬≠lus, which is the sci¬≠en¬≠tif¬≠ic name for the artichoke.

In the 1930‚Äôs, a mem¬≠ber of the mafia, Ciro ‚Äč‚ÄúWhitey‚ÄĚ Ter¬≠ra¬≠no¬≠va, bought all the arti¬≠chokes that were shipped to New York from Cal¬≠i¬≠for¬≠nia, and made his own pro¬≠duce com¬≠pa¬≠ny that resold the arti¬≠chokes 30‚ÄČ‚Äď‚ÄČ40% prof¬≠it. He was called the ‚Äč‚ÄúArti¬≠choke King.‚ÄĚ

Storage Instructions

Keeps well in the pantry. Once opened, store in the fridge. Con¬≠sume with¬≠in a week.