Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cardoon | Cynara Cardunculus

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Cardoon is related to the artichoke. It is native to the southwest Mediterranean area. Cardoon grows in hardiness Zone 7 - 9, and prefers a sunny, well-drained setting. This perennial can become five feet tall by four feet wide.


The leaf stalks and midribs are edible, similar to celery, and must be prepared by blanching. Unopened flowerheads can be prepared and eaten just like artichokes. I have verified the edibility but it must be cooked. It has a produce code (Cardoon/Cardoni 4559), so it is available for purchase in grocery stores and popular in France, Italy and Spain.

Cardoon has a magnificent form with bold texture and dagger-shaped, gray-green arching leaves. 












Grassroots Horticulture
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