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Tuscan Cart - Cardoons

This week our Tuscan Cart column suggests you buy a couple of bundles of cardoons! The cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), also called the artichoke thistle, cardone, cardoni, carduni or cardi, is a thistle-like plant which is member of the Aster family, Asteraceae; (or archaic: Daisy family, Compositae). It is a naturally occurring variant of the same species as the Globe artichoke, and has many cultivated varieties. It is native to the Mediterranean, where it was domesticated in ancient times.

Cardoon Recipes

Cardoon preparation Cardoon gratin