Cardoon Cynara cardunculus


Cardoon Cynara cardunculus © Kurt Stüber

Cardoon Vegetable type

Stem vegetable

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Cardoon Description

Although related to artichokes, it is the blanched, large grey, spiny-leafed stalks of the Cardoon that are edible and not the flower heads. Cardoon can grow up to 2 m high and wide – so need lots of space. Cardoons can be cooked and served either hot or cold as a vegetable or in stews.

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Cardoon Food value

Cardoon is a good source of folic acid, sodium potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and manganese.

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Cardoon Planting

Cardoon is usually grown from baby cardoons already growing in blocks of compost. These should be planted at least 50 cm apart. A few weeks before harvesting the leaves are often bundled together and deprived of sunlight in order to blanch them. This is supposed to remove the natural bitterness of the plant and enhance its nutty flavour – although they can also be eaten green.

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Cardoon Varieties

A good variety to plant is the attractive Bianco avorio with its purple, thistle-like flowers.

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Cardoon Planting conditions

  • Fertile soil

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When to plant/harvest

See Caring for vegetables

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