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Cardoon: growing, harvesting and cooking

Nov 12, 2010

I just attempted growing and cooking cardoon for the first time. Have you ever grown this strange vegetable? I found it easy to grow but difficult to cook. You can read about my entire experience here:


Hi Amy I,ve grown them years ago, but never eaten them. They look really impressive, like a Globe Artichoke on steroids. If they are grown in a very rich soil then the hearts [middle of the stalk] should be succulent, after tying the outer parts together with string to blanch the centre [or so it says in my book]. Regards Glenn

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