Cardoon, Artichoke Thistle (Cynara cardunculus)

Portland, OR(Zone 8b)

Cardoon, Artichoke Thistle
Cynara cardunculus


Cardoon from seed (during a generally cool summer), about 2.5 months from germination.

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Portland, OR(Zone 6a)

I have this same plant growing in my garden. Is this what people call Jerusalem Artichoke?

Someone told me that you can eat the greens. Does anyone know how to cook these leaves?

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Portland, OR(Zone 8b)

No, Cardoon and Jerusalem Artichoke are different genus & species. Helianthus tuberosus is Jerusalem, and doesn't have leaves or flowers that look remotely artichoke like. Cardoon is more about the stem, which tends to be tough like the stem of a broccoli - not that I've tried it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardoon

Portland, OR(Zone 6a)

Thanks for the explanation. Thanks for the links. I love the formation of the plant. I'll boil and drink it instead.

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