Weird California
Weird California - By Joe Parzanese

World's Largest Artichoke

Map 11261 Merritt St., Castroville, California 95012

The World's Giant Artichoke in Castroville
The World's Giant Artichoke in Castroville

Castroville, the Artichoke Center of the World, not surprisingly plays host to the "World's Largest Artichoke". Built in 1972, at 20 feet tall and 12 feet wide, the artichoke made out of concrete and re-bar stands before a local business aptly named "The Giant Artichoke". The restaurant and giant artichoke were created by Ray Bei. Artichokes at the restaurant are served in a variety of ways including but not limited to: frozen, fried, quiched and steamed.

The Giant Artichoke stands near the intersection of 156 and 183, pretty close to where 156 becomes route 1. Monterey County produces almost all of the United States artichokes.

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Last Edited: 2007-01-23