An operation is growing artichokes. Are these included in the scope of the CanadaGAP program?
Yes, there are two different types of artichokes that are included in the scope of the CanadaGAP program. The first is “Globe artichokes” which are a member of the thistle family. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. The scope includes different cultivars of these artichokes, such as Imperial Star and Green Globe Artichokes. The globe artichoke is part of the ‘combined vegetable’ grouping within the CanadaGAP program.
Secondly, the CanadaGAP program also includes “Jerusalem artichokes”, which are not actually a true artichoke. These are sometimes called sunchoke or sunroot, and are a member of the sunflower family. Jerusalem artichoke is a tuber, and therefore should be considered as a bulb and root vegetable.