Artichoke-( Cynara Cardunculus ) Cardoon in their natural form.
Unfortunately this is my least familiar vegetable, I have eaten it at parties, have never bought it, although I see it in our supermarkets at time.
‘Artichoke has been used traditionally, and in alternative medicine, for managing digestive disorders, such as indigestion, nausea, flatulence, as well as liver and gallbladder ailments, including jaundice and hepatitis”( Indian Express August 2 2014)
Artichoke was mentioned as a garden plant in 8th century BC.was named -t-The vegetable of the Gods (Zeus) Today it has become the subject of much medical research., following the discovery of Cynarin.
Cynarine is a hydroxycinnamic acid derivative and a biologically active chemical constituent of artichoke (Cynara cardunculus)
Artichoke -Cynara Cardunculus -also known as green artichoke and French artichoke in the USA. It is native to Southern Europe, North Africa, the Canary islands, the Mediterranean region, and the Canary Islands.
One of the world’s oldest cultivated vegetables was grown by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Most of the plant
is edible, but the portion usually eaten is the immature flower bud in the center -the heart; they are inedible once they become mature flowers; the plant can grow as tall as 6 ft.
Artichoke flower heads has one of the highest antioxidant capacity reported for a vegetable. the important chemical cynanine is found in the pulp of the green leaves, the stems and dry leaves to a lesser extent.
In 1530 the Dutch introduced artichoke to England;French, Spanish and Italian immigrants to Louisiana and California, USA respectively in the nineteenth century
Countries that produces Artichoke
India ( listed as one of their exotic vegetables)
The only Caribbean Island I can find that produces artichoke is Jamaica.
Production worldwide-1,573,363 tons world wide
(Research material provided by Wikipedia -listed source- UN Food and Agriculture Organization.)
Artichoke is considered a vegetable, but is really a herb, native to a species of the Caribbean region (motherearthnews.com_)
Antioxidant properties especially in the leaves
Helpful in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells
Aids heart health
Prevents complications associated with blood pressure
Improves liver health artichokes were used as liver tonics for centuries
Smooth bowel movements-rich source of dietary fiber
Acts as a Hangover cure
Improves skin health
Balances gut flora (Inulin )
helps with diabetes symptoms
may aid weight loss
protects against lead toxicity
Aids in the prevention of birth defects- (h igh level of folate )
Contains minerals that are essential parts of increasing bone health and density
Boost Metabolism- ( magnesium and manganese )
Improves brain function- (phosphorus)
If you are thinking of growing your own artichokes, check out -gilmour.com-growing artichokes
Be cautious if you are allergic to ragweed, daisies, marigolds, or chrysanthemums, you could also be allergic to artichoke.
Stay away from artichoke if you suffer from liver disease or gallbladder conditions
For more information on artichoke Google -health benefits of artichoke, you can start with-
Or just Google Health Banefits of artichoke and take your pick.
Whan I am not preparing these articles, I am carving wood