U.S. No. 1.
U.S. No. 1 Long Stem.
U.S. No. 2.
10% Total defects, including 2% decay.
Good Delivery Guidelines:
15% total, including 4% decay
(a) Spreading when, the scales at the tip are opening but not to the extent that the heart is exposed.
(b) Misshapen, when not excessively long and pointed.
Serious damage by:
(a) Spreading when, practically all of the scales have spread, exposing the flower parts in the center of the bud.
(b) Overdeveloped when the artichoke has a brownish color; the scales are tough, leathery, and stringy and the flower in the center of the bud has turned dark pink or purple and become fuzzy.