Cardoon or Artichoke? - Knowledgebase Question

Middletown`, CA
Question by roystona
August 31, 2000
Are warm weather artichokes the same thing as Cardoon? After seeing some of the warm weather variety, the fruit certainly seem to look the same.

Answer from NGA
August 31, 2000


Cardoon is a perennial vegetable closely related to artichoke, but grown for the edible leafstalks rather than for the unopened flower buds. Both plants produce purple thistle-like flowers, but artichokes are usually harvested before the flower buds begin to open. Opened cardoon flowers can be cut and used in dried flower arrangements. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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