Artichoke & Cardoon

Watsonville, CA
January 22, 2014
Like little artichokes
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0

What are the pros? Tasty chokes

What are the cons? Bitter stalks


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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