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Serve as a vegetable or use in stews and soups. Cardoon is one of the oldest known cultivated vegetables.
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Cultivated for at least 30,000 years! Cardoon is the ancestor of the globe artichoke. It has spinier leaves and a non-edible flower head but the stalks are harvested like celery and cooked. The leaves are bitter and should be removed. Harvest stalks when plants are 12 to 24" tall. Taller plants require blanching. Wrap outer leaves and then wrap with old grocery bags to exclude light, using twine to hold the wrap tight. Harvest the blanched plants in a month. Prepare stalks by boiling in salted water with a twist of lemon to prevent discoloration. Serve as a vegetable or use in stews or soups. Also good pickled or dipped in batter and fried.
|Flowers:||Beautiful lavender thistle-like flowers.|
|Foliage:||Biennial. Vegetative the first year, flowers the next.|
|Lifecycle:||2 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|Height:||48 to 60|
|Diameter:||24 to 36|
|USDA Zones:||3 to 9|
|Soil:||Tolerates a wide range of soil types.|
|Propagation / Germination:||Easy.|
|Spacing:||24 to 36|
|Pests and Diseases:||None noted.|
Garden Medicinals offers over 220 varieties of medicinal and culinary herb seeds, roots, and select heirloom vegetable and ethnic flower seed. All seeds are non-gmo, open-pollinated and untreated. Most seeds are naturally grown and a few are certified organic. Our vegetable seeds do especially well in hot, humid climates where vegetable production can be difficult. Our herb selection also includes dormant root stock of ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, false unicorn, and wild yam.
Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.