It all started with Marilyn Monroe.
Well, it actually started in the late 1800s when Italian immigrants brought a strange Sicilian plant with spiky edible buds with them to California’s Central Coast. But as stories go, Marilyn Monroe isn’t a bad place to start.
In 1948, a still not-that-famous Monroe traveled to Monterey Bay to do a paid appearance at a jewelry store, according to Carmel Magazine, and ended up agreeing to be crowned California’s Artichoke Queen.
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