Vegetables and Fruit forum: Cardoon anybody?

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Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Feb 14, 2018 2:32 PM CST
I've ordered seeds already. Apparently the leaf stalks are the part we eat and they are supposed to taste like artichokes.
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Name: Linda
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mom2goldens
Feb 14, 2018 8:12 PM CST
I've eaten them (and they do taste like artichokes, but a bit of work to prepare), but have never grown them. I think they are a great looking plant!

I think I remember that at some point, the lower part of the plant needs to be "wrapped" to "blanch" the leaves. (I hope I'm remembering that right) Smiling
Name: Mary
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MaryE
Feb 15, 2018 10:39 AM CST
I found growing and a recipe online by doing a Google search for "how to grow cardoon". Now I wish I had copied the link. Apparently I will have a challenge growing it in my area since it needs a long season. I'll start the seeds in my greenhouse as soon as they arrive.
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 16, 2018 4:16 PM CST
Cardoon grows well here as an annual.
I did not try it as a vegetable, but could have.
Yes, you wrap the stalks with paper so they blanch, and become more tender.
There are two types- an all grey one, and the Rouge d'Algeres one, which has red streaks.
I am planning to grow it again. Start indoors and then transplant out. They do like a full sun position. Only the plants in full sun got big grey leaves. I want to grow it as an ornamental grey plant with maybe Red Orach.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 22, 2018 5:17 PM CST
Oh, yes Mary !
I got some seeds, last year, then broke my arm and didn't get them planted.
Hope to this year.
Blanched Leave's edible !
But, a kind of pain to prepare.

Immature bulds, on top, can be boiled, and be eaten whole !

Mayonnaise ? Heck-ah yes ! 😀

BUTT ? Beware ! If any of those bulbs, go to seed !😮??? You'll have thousands of plants ! Next year !

Hopefully ! We'll stay in touch !😀!

Ta. Ta ! 😀👍
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Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Feb 24, 2018 11:56 AM CST
Thanks. I planted half a dozen seeds in greenhouse pots yesterday.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Feb 24, 2018 4:06 PM CST
In warm winter zones there perinall , in colder zones, they die back. But, come back, if roots are mulched to prevent freezing. 😀

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Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Apr 6, 2018 4:49 PM CST
Three of the six seeds I planted are growing. The plants are about 4 inches high now. I'll plant them were they can grow into large plants without being in the way of anything else. They do look a lot like thistles only not so mean!
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