Saturday, July 8, 2017


This lovely artichoke plant was growing at the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California. I had never eaten an artichoke until I was attending the University of Utah. Artichokes were not a plant that my family would have thought were edible. The flower buds of the globe artichoke or Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus are edible before the large thistle-like flowers bloom. The flowers are so pretty, when we grew artichokes in our home garden, we let some of them go to flowers so we could see the lovely flowers. The lower part of the petals and the heart are what we eat.

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