globe artichokes

    Globe artichokes are a vegetable.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Cynara cardunculus, also called Cynara scolymus

    Common name: artichoke, globe artichoke

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    French name: artichaut
    Italian name: articiocco

    Family: Asteraceae (aster, daisy, or sunflower family)

    Kind: Perennial Thistle.

    Height: 1-1/2 to 2 meters tall


    Origin: southern Europe, Mediterranean, Sicily, Egypt, Canary Islands. Possibly orignally from the Maghreb in North Africa (artichokes still grow wild there)


    History: The Greeks grew artichokes in Sicily. The Greeks called globe artichokes kaktos.

    History: Globe artichoke seeds discovered in excavation of Mons Claudianus in Egypt, from the Roman period. The Romans called artichokes carduus.

    History: Globe artichokes were grown in the Maghreb of North Africa by the Muslims. The Arabs called globe artichokes Ardi-Shoki, meaning “ground thorny”. The later Arabic name al-kharshuf was the source of the plant name in most European languages.

    History: Globe artichokes were grown in Naples by the middle 9th century.

part used:

    Part Used (healing): Dried leaf, rather than the flowering buds eaten as a vegetable.

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nutritional information:

    Eat at least one serving of artichoke per month, taking in account the season and local availability. For more information on healthy diet, see Goddess Diet Plan.

    Artichokes are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration.

    Artichokes are a source of protein.

    Artichokes help keep the liver clean and healthy.

    Artichokes are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

nutritional value per 100 grams:


    Storage: Eat artichokes within two days of purchase.

deities associated with artichoke:

    Myth: Jupiter (or Zeus) fell in love with Cynara, a beautiful girl with ash blonde hair. Cynaraa rejected Jupiter (or Zeus), so he turned her into the first artichoke (which had the Roman name Cynara, leading to the modern botanical name Cynara scolymus).


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