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My favorite vegetable in the whole world is the artichoke. My mother didn't have to call me to dinner at all if I smelled them steaming in the pot. I was already there.
But until I was thirteen and went to visit a friend of mine, who had moved 3000 miles away, to Monterey California, I had never seen anything but the artichoke bud itself.
Those huge and perfectly neat buds grow on a plant which looks like the Addams Family Cousin It on a bad hair day.
Artichokes also like a climate close to the sea and its mists.
This abstract represents the feeling you get seeing artichokes growing. It has some stylized steamed chokes cut in half and ready to eat. And it has some paisley ocean waves near the chokes. But mostly it has the something going every which way directions of an artichoke plant. If you like artichokes, you'll have as big a problem as I did, looking at an artichoke farm, and believing those tasty and compact buds come from such a freeform plant.