The globe artichoke, also known as French artichoke and green artichoke, is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. The flowers are really a beautiful, vibrant purple colour.

They are an amazing food but the hairy ‘choke’ made up of immature florets and so named because if you eat it, it can cause you to choke, or so the saying goes.

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