On April 10th, 2013 artichokes were proclaimed to be California’s Official Vegetable by Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom. Although artichokes had been voted by KGO Morning News listeners to be the official FOOD, Mr. Newsom, in a political about face and in order to pacify the losing commodities, made a unilateral decision to name Artichokes as the official vegetable, thereby opening the door for an official fruit, grain, nut, and what have you.