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Cynara cardunculus - Globe Artichoke

Cynara cardunculus - Globe Artichoke (Cynar cardunculus)

Planted 2 of these in May - I have 18 flower heads between them - this is the only one to have opened so far. I hope we don't run out of sun!!

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Very cool!! Used to have that haircut many years ago :)

24 Sep, 2011


Same colour too Lil??
I've had similar but not so purple - more Aubergine colour!!

24 Sep, 2011


lol..Similare to a thistle//is it the same family?

25 Sep, 2011


Gorgeous! How tall is it, Scottish? You can dry them too, I think?

25 Sep, 2011


It is the same family Pixi....or so wikipedia says :) That was a technical gardening question...I could not answer that without looking it up :))

At it's tallest around 7ft or more Karen....I think you can dry them Karen, someone gave advice about this a few weeks ago.

I had to stick in some small tree stakes when the winds started the other week. My heart was in my mouth that I didn't damage them!

25 Sep, 2011


If they don't all flower, Scottish...they're nice with a viaigrette dressing :)

25 Sep, 2011


It's not my kind of thing to eat, but I will give them to my SIL....she'll do something with them.
Do they need to be boiled? Cooking instructions would be gratefully accepted :)

25 Sep, 2011


I quite like them, Scottish...they're really popular here and easy to cook...

Cut off the stalk as near to the globe as poss. Trim off any grotty bits of 'petals' (possibly cut the pointed top bit off too, depending how tough it seems)

Submerge in a large pan of boiling salted water with a couple of bayleaves and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. You have to put a plate or something on top to keep them down. Not quite boil, but a bit more than simmer until the stalk end is just tender to a sharp knife (should be 20 - 30 mins)

Serve whole, the 'petals' should easily detach using fingers, and dip in a nice vinaigrette. (I like garlic in it) It's quite nice if the dressing is warmed too.

Any really tough petals can just be sucked out...lovely! :))

26 Sep, 2011


I'll pass on these instructions if and when Karen, thanks :)

26 Sep, 2011


Well, I hope they all flower and you'll not need them, Scottish! :)))

26 Sep, 2011


Me too Karen!

26 Sep, 2011



26 Sep, 2011


one of a kind!

2 Jan, 2012

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