Cynara (Cardoon, Artichoke)
Plants in the genus Cynara are closely related to thistles with their spiny leaves and unique flower heads. There are only 10 species in the genus, all native to the Mediterranean, Northern Africa, and the Canary islands. One species, Cynara scolymus, is grown as a perennial food crop known as globe artichoke. The immature flower buds (technically the receptacles and involucre bracts) are harvested, boiled, and eaten with lemon and butter...yummy. In addition, you can boil and eat the flower stalks and young leaves too.
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