Cardoons And Globe Artichokes - Knowledgebase Question

houston, TX
Question by Chiarnj
April 29, 1998
What is the difference between Cardoons and Globe artichokes, and are Cardoons flowers edible?


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Answer from NGA
April 29, 1998

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Cardoon is a plant closely related to artichoke, but grown for the edible leafstalks rather than for the flower buds. To prepare the leaves for harvest, blanch them by gathering them together and tying them up. Then wrap with paper to exclude light. Allow 1 month's blanching before harvest; parboil until tender, then fry; or serve boiled with butter. The flowers of a cardoon are not edible.

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