Wild or common artichokes are a local delicacy in Greece. They look smaller than their farmed relatives and more thorny. In Greece, they grow all over the country—in people's gardens, backyards, and in the wild.
The famous spot for wild artichokes is the valley of Komi on Chios Island. The festival for wild artichokes is held in Komi in spring or summer when they are in season (late April–early June). You can pick your own artichokes and cook them yourself or try delicious masterpieces by Greek chefs such as sautéed artichokes with fava beans or an artichoke risotto.