A native of the western or central Mediterranean, the artichoke is a perennial plant in the thistle group of the sunflower. The wild variety of the species is called a cardoon. Sicilians claim that the plant originated on the island. In the town of Cerda (the “artichoke capital” in the Province of Palermo) a sculptural monument in its main square is dedicated to the plant’s presence.
Thistles, either in the form of artichoke or cardoon, have been consumed since the days of Ancient Greece and Rome. The flower bud is its edible part. [Read more…] about The Artichoke: Medicine, Sex & Mobsters