The next time you want the hearty flavor of artichokes without the hassle, reach for these artichoke hearts in oil from Agnoni. Italy is the world’s leading grower of artichokes—and probably leads in their consumption, too! They are believed to have originated with Italian farmers in the 15th century, who transformed punishingly prickly wild thistles into the tender vegetables we know and love today. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Roman trattoria that doesn’t serve them either braised in olive oil and white wine or deep-fried to a golden crisp.
Artichokes are high in fiber, folate, and vitamins C and K. They’re also one of the most antioxidant-rich vegetables out there. For centuries, artichokes have been eaten to aid liver function and digestion, and they have been shown to improve cholesterol levels. These neatly trimmed, tender artichoke hearts are an easy way to get this super-vegetable into your diet!
In the 1960s, newlyweds Neno and Nena Agnoni bought a farm in the hills outside Cori in Lazio, the central Italian region that is home to Rome. Today, the family-owned company is still guided by their values: respect for the land and its rhythms, simple, all-natural products, and traditional flavors. Agnoni specializes in preserved vegetables and jams of all kinds made according to decades-old family recipes, especially the artichokes that are a specialty of their home region.