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    Cardoon (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Basically, Cardoon is an Artichoke Thistle.  It has become an extremely important medicinal herb in recent years following the discovery of cynarin. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season Plant Height Plant Width No. of Plants per sq. ft. 0.50 inch deep 24" inches apart 6-12 days 75+ degrees Early spring 4+ feet 2+ feet wide 1 What is Cardoon? The cardoon is related to the Globe artichoke. An invasive, frost-sensitive plant that needs a lot of space, the cardoon usually grows as a weed. Some say it looks a bit like celery on a bad day and has a flavor reminiscent of artichoke hearts.    Health Benefits of Cardoon High in sodium, cardoons are nevertheless recognized as a good source of potassium, calcium and iron. Artichoke oil, which is similar to sunflower or safflower oil, can be extracted from the seeds.   Ways to Consume Cardoon Cardoons can be baked, braised or boiled, and it's often a good idea to blanch them for up to 30 minutes before using them. Watch-out! Beware of sneaky thistles that may be lurking on the outer stalks --  (it's best to peel the outside a bit.) Cardoons are excellent fried! Try them simmered in broth, or added to a stew. If you're a cheesemaker, the purple stamens of the cardoon flower can be used to make vegetarian rennet. See Cardoon Recipes & Growing Tips on our Pinterest Board Follow SeedsNow.com's board Cardoons on Pinterest.

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