The entire US grow less than 1/10th of the artichoke crop as does Italy.
Nevertheless, Castroville in Monterey County calls itself "The Artichoke Center of the World."
Asparagus is frequently served at the table of my Italian-American in-laws.
I asked my wife a few minutes ago, how to prepare. She said "boil, oil, salt, pepper."
btw the Monterey County artichoke industry was started by Swiss-Italians. (Marilyn Monroe, Norma Jean at the time, was crowned Castroville's first Artichoke Queen in 1948)
Big Sur, Carmel By the Sea, Monterey Bay. One of the most scenic places on the plant.