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A vegetable (Cynara scolymus) that has purported medicinal value in treating high cholesterol, snakebite, and sundry intestinal disorders.
[It. articiocco, fr. Ar. al-khurshuf]


(art′ĭ-chōk″) [Italian articiocco]
The edible head of a thistle-like vegetable (Cynara scolymus), which is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A and K, and trace minerals.


n Latin name:
Cynara scolymus; part used: leaves; uses: lowers cholesterol, treats nonulcer dyspepsia, provides hepatoprotection; precautions: patients with gallstones or other gallbladder conditions. Also called
globe artichoke.
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Seeds of the Green Globe artichoke cultivar, obtained from the local market, were germinated in small pots containing commercial substrate with pine bark, vermiculite, liming material, and mineral fertilizers.
When shopping for a globe artichoke, Chahla advises to "look for an even green color with as little brown coloration as possible.
Also at their best in July are courgettes, aubergines, beetroot, chicory, fennel, runner, broad and French beans, globe artichokes, kohlrabi, chicory, peas, watercress and spring onions.
THE point of the globe artichoke has always rather evaded me.
The top 10 recommended plants, for instance, are buddleja davidii, caryopteris, globe artichoke, eryngium, evening primrose, hebe, honeysuckle, jasmine, nicotiana and verbena.
In restaurants we only use the heart of the globe artichoke, which is the meaty base tucked away inside layers of leaves, and protected by a spiky inedible choke in the middle.
Also take a supplement containing globe artichoke or milk thistle.
GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT Globe artichoke Not only are they delicious when cooked, but they are a stunning plant, growing to about 1.
A "barigoule" (I don't know what it is, either) of globe artichoke was also noteworthy, accompanied (predictably) by rocket, but with a light, delicately-flavoured dressing.
THIS month is the time to plant Jerusalem artichokes, which are not related to the globe artichoke but tastes pretty similar.
NEW evidence suggests that an extract from the globe artichoke, Cynara, may relieve irritable bowel syndrome - a condition that affects nearly a quarter of the population.