I'm notoriously bad at knowing when to pick fruit and vegies, and tend to leave it that little bit too long. I have my first globe artichoke here. I blogged about it earlier in the week but it seems to have progressed quite a lot since then and now has two tiny hangeronerers on each side. My question is: is this artichoke ready for the picking or should I leave it a bit longer. Part of me says 'pick it!', the other bit of me (and I suspect it's the dominant 'leave it' part) says 'don't be a fool, it's only young'. Does anyone have any suggestions? Advice?
Oh and any cooking suggestions while you're at it?