One of the oldest foods known to humans! The Artichoke.

This year I am very excited to grow our own artichoke! In the oven with some salt and parmesan or in our salad, it is one of the easiest vegetable to cook and grow!

Artichoke is from the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands and is an unbloomed flower, part of the sunflower family.

One artichoke plant can produce up to 20 artichokes per year! Artichokes are ranked number one over all other vegetables when it comes to antioxidant levels, including anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

In many cultures artichoke is most commonly used for digestion and high levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood. It is also used for high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Cynara is that your first name?

According to Greek mythology, the artichoke became known through the Greek God Zeus. As the story goes, Zeus spotted a beautiful girl named Cynara, while visiting his brother Poseidon. He instantly fell in love, made her a goddess and took her back to Mount Olympus with him. However, Cynara became lonesome and took secret trips to visit her family. As soon as Zeus discovered these trips, he was angered, kicked Cynara off Mount Olympus and turned her into an artichoke.

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