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Castroville, California: Giant Artichoke Team Field Report

11261 Merritt St., Castroville, CA
Next to Highway 156 and Main St.
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Artichoke statue.

Giant Artichoke

A healthy-sized tribute -- 20-ft. tall -- to a local crop and specialty at the Giant Artichoke Restaurant. Report...

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Wife and artichoke.

Giant Artichoke

My husband was just tingling with delight at the prospect of seeing this and then photographing me in front of the giant artichoke.

[Sue B, 06/08/2023]
Giant Artichoke

The famous Giant Artichoke that stands 20 feet tall in Castroville was built by my grandfather, Louis Bertelli. He owned Bertelli Bros, Manufacturing in Castroville and built all of the machines to harvest artichokes.

The Artichoke is actually the second one; the first one was struck by a drunk driver, rolled downtown, and ended up somewhere in the slough.

[Amanda Wilkins, 05/19/2022]


Giant Artichoke

It is big! We did not try the restaurant. Too early. The Giant Artichoke is perfect for a quick pic and be on your way!

[Joanne, 08/09/2019]

Giant artichoke.

Giant Artichoke

Great stop only because we were driving relatively in that direction / on that road anyway. Made for a great photo!

[Alison, 09/12/2017]

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