Cardoon, Argenté de Genéve Inerme (Organic)
Cynara cardunculus. Perennial.
Closely related to the artichoke, this stem vegetable is sown in spring, blanched with cardboard in fall, and then used steamed or raw in salads. Large, silver, slightly spiny leaves produce purple thistle-like flowers that reach 6′ tall. Pollinators love it. Heirloom originally from the Grosjean family in Chêne-Bougeries, Switzerland. We received it from Pro Specie Rara, the Swiss seed saving organization.