The Corpus Callosum


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.


  1. #1 DrA
    July 6, 2008

    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.

  2. #2 Max
    July 6, 2008

    Not sure, but I think this is a cardoon (the artichoke thistle). The edible kind of artichoke (globe) is Cynara Scolyma.

  3. #3 Max
    July 6, 2008

    Oops, a typo. Of course I meant Cynara scolyma.

  4. #4 Mary Francillon
    October 12, 2009

    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.

  5. #5 Joseph j7uy5
    October 12, 2009

    Sorry, I don’t. I should think you would want to handle it the way you would handle any cut flower.

  6. #6 chris
    September 17, 2010

    But does anybody know how they get them to grow with drawn butter on them?

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