One of the oldest vegetables in the Bordeaux market gardening belt. The story holds that it was the Bretons who brought the artichoke to Bordeaux. However, even if the origins of its presence remain unclear, the Macau artichoke has proven to be perfectly suited to the local pedology, particularly that of Macau and its surroundings. Indeed, it is these lands, enriched by fluvial mud that have the most productive crops.
In the past, the artichokes were loaded onto barges that went up the Garonne river to the port of Saint-Jean and then arrived in cartloads on the markets of Bordeaux. The artichoke is proudly displayed on the town of Macau’s coat of arms alongside the bunches of grapes that the Médoc is famous for.