We have grown artichokes over the years on our allotments in east London and we love them. They make a visually stunning structural plant and – when they come into flower and are ready for picking – a real event in the growing and eating year.

At Moro they make a good swap in Spanish recipes that might traditionally include cardoon which are less popular and not so easy to find in England.

We particularly enjoy artichokes paired with potatoes and amontillado sherry or with Brandada, salt cod and olive oil eaten in Spain in winter with bread or potatoes, but here at Moro with artichokes.

Artichokes and potatoes with amontillado sherry

Leek, red pepper and artichoke tortilla

Artichokes with brandada

Portrait photo of Sam and Sam by Elena Heatherwick