Artichoke & Cardoon

Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 3

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3 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Michael
Location:
Watsonville, CA
Date:
January 22, 2014
          4.0
 
Great little artichoke hearts
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Productive little 'chokes'

What are the cons? Bitter stalks

Review:

I haven't grown this particular cardoon but I did grow a generic batch of cardoon seeds. The plants are like artichokes but taller. I tried blanching the stalks but found them, though edible, overly bitter. I hope these named kinds are better and per reviews they seem to be. BUT they have lots and lots of flowers, which are like small artichokes. The leaves aren't useful but the choke parts are great for cooking. Steam them, remove the choke, and throw away the rest. Then use the chokes in a good pasta sauce recipe or any other use. Delicious. By the way they did NOT seed themselves all over and I live in the area in the U.S. where 99% of the artichokes come from so you can't find a friendlier climate at least in the U.S.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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18 out of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Lissa
Date:
October 2, 2012
          4.0
 
grows well in sub tropical Australia
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

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Review:

Artichoke, let alone Cardoon, is not something familiarly grown here in sub tropical Queensland but it sounded interesting so I thought I would give it a go. The information provided by Baker Creek is a little sketchy so I wasn't sure of what to expect with height and lifespan etc. I planted 5 seed and they all came up and have proven very hardy through our mild winter. Summer is now coming with it's heat and rain. The stalks have proven very useful for cooking, a good substitue for celery which takes so long to produce. My gardening friends are impressed and all wanting seed. BC tell me it is a perennial and warn me that it can become a weed if let go to seed. A little more information about it's growing habits would be useful in the description.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
soupmaker
Date:
February 23, 2011
          4.0
 
An eyecatcher in the garden!
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

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Review:

Rouge d'Alger cardoon is a very beautiful cardoon with amazing color and form. The rouge at is mostly at the base of the stems and varies in shades from plant to plant. Grow on a few because not all will have the deeper color. A great all season accent for ornamental or edible gardens.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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