This lovely artichoke recipe comes from Calabria. Artichokes have been cultivated in Sicily since the time of the Greeks, who called them kaktos. It is thought that they were introduced to France, along with other Italian ingredients, by Catherine de’ Medici. It is recorded in the journal of Pierre de L’Estoile on 19 June 1576, that at the wedding of two courtiers, Queen Catherine de’ Medici ‘ate so much that she thought she would die, and was very ill... They said it was from eating too many artichoke bottoms’. This is delicious served warm with a selection of salads.