Huge artichoke display vies for world record

04/23/2012 05:02:00 PM
Mike Hornick

Courtesy Ocean Mist FarmsJoe Watson, left, director of produce at Rouses Supermarkets, and Dale Huss, right, vice president of artichoke production at Ocean Mist Farms, attend the opening of a massive artichoke retail display April 21 in New Orleans.Ocean Mist Farms and Rouses Supermarkets made a bid for a world-record fresh artichoke display as they assembled 20,000 green globes and a 256 square-foot fleur-de-lis artichoke-filled ornament in New Orleans.

The display took 20 hours to build and was photographed and measured April 21 for certification by the Guinness Book of World Records, according to a news release. The event was at the Rouses outlet at 4500 Tchoupitoulas Street.

The fleur-de-lis, a symbol of New Orleans and its NFL team, the Saints, was suspended above the display.

“Artichokes are a big part of our food culture here in New Orleans, and we did a little investigating and learned there is no record-setting display for fresh vegetables,” Joe Watson, director of produce at Rouses Supermarkets, said in the release.

Arti the artichoke — mascot for Castroville, Calif.-based Ocean Mist Farms — and Dale Huss, the company’s vice president of artichoke production, came to the unveiling.

Rouses showed shoppers how to clean and prepare an artichoke for cooking, and served a recipe for easy baked artichokes with chipotle mayo.



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Jo Timmering    
Irvine, CA  |  April, 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

very nice. we are fortunate to have you as a member of Western Growers.

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