Five years ago, then–California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom proclaimed artichokes our official state vegetable. Who knew? Makes sense when you consider that the state grows nearly all the U.S. crop. From a cook’s and diner’s perspective, artichokes are worthy of the honor for their delicate flavor and health stats. Artichokes are tops in antioxidant properties and fiber, and offer a good source of potassium.