Globe artichokes range in size from 7 to 13 centimeters in diameter and were traditionally cultivated as a perennial. Each artichoke can weigh up to 3 pounds. Globe artichokes have densely packed leaves that form a compact floret with pistachio and lime green tones throughout. Each leaf contains a needle-like thorn on its tip and is usually cut off during preparation. Globe artichokes can be eaten raw when they are younger and more tender. When cooked, Glove artichokes develop flavors of toasted nuts, dry grass, and caramel.