Artichoke

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Cynara scolymus

Perennial growing to 180cm. Thistle-like plants with silver/grey/green leaves. Large green flowers heads are eaten as a vegetable. Large hearts. Gourmet vegetable. Can be grown as an ornamental. Flowers can be dried and used in arrangements. The most common Australian variety.

The Green Globe Artichoke is native to the Mediterranean and North Africa, but was introduced to England in 1548 and North America in the 19th century. Many different forms of artichoke were cultivated by Ancient Greeks and Romans, which slowly lead to many varieties appearing throughout history. Artichoke is a variety of Thistle that has been developed for cultivation for food. Cultivation of artichokes began over 2000 years ago with the Romans. Today the plant is cultivated on a huge scale in California and also in Italy, Spain and France where the Mediterranean climate is ideal.

The main therapeutic value has been found in use of artichoke extracts for cholesterol management, digestive problems, kidney insufficiency, liver detoxification and stimulation and gall bladder stimulation. There have also been indications that Artichoke is very useful for management of dyspepsia, or heartburn symptoms, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Some historical evidence suggests that artichoke had a hypoglycemic effect, so it may be wise for diabetics to avoid high concentrations.

Grown using organic heirloom open pollinated seed, no sprays, no chemicals in organic nutrient rich soil with gypsum, volcanic rock, minerals and compost in trays. No blood and bone no fish.