We decided to let one artichoke blossom, just to see what it looks
like. It turns out that it looks sort of like a thistle.
That’s because it is a kind of thistle.
I hadn’t known that. The thistle is the national
flower of Scotland.
Artichoke is derived from the Turkish word for thistle. But it isn’t a blossom, but a whole inflorescence of individual flowers packed together into a head.
Not sure, but I think this is a cardoon (the artichoke thistle). The edible kind of artichoke (globe) is Cynara Scolyma.
Oops, a typo. Of course I meant Cynara scolyma.
Someone gave me an artichoke blossom on its long, sturdy
stem for a birthday present. It is beautiful and I want to
keep it to enjoy for as long as possible (before it falls
apart? deteriorates in some unknown way?). Should I keep
the stem in water, or leave the whole thing dry? Any
knowledgeable help appreciated.
Sorry, I don’t. I should think you would want to handle it the way you would handle any cut flower.
But does anybody know how they get them to grow with drawn butter on them?
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