from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Mediterranean thistlelike plant (Cynara scolymus) in the composite family, having pinnately divided leaves and large discoid heads of bluish flowers.
- n. The edible, immature flower head of this plant. Also called globe artichoke.
- n. The Jerusalem artichoke.
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- n. An plant related to the thistle with enlarged flower heads eaten as a vegetable while immature.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Cynara scolymus, a plant somewhat resembling a thistle, with a dilated, imbricated, and prickly involucre. The head (to which the name is also applied) is composed of numerous oval scales, inclosing the florets, sitting on a broad receptacle, which, with the fleshy base of the scales, is much esteemed as an article of food.
- n. See Jerusalem artichoke.
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- n. Mediterranean thistlelike plant widely cultivated for its large edible flower head
- n. a thistlelike flower head with edible fleshy leaves and heart
IMHO, the artichoke is the ultimate weight loss food.
I had the privilege of living in artichoke country in Northern California for many years.
Topinambour, otherwise known as Jerusalem artichoke, is a vegetable that is new to me.
Furthermore, the fabulous artichoke is a flower, too.
The Jerusalem artichoke is propagated by sets, like the potato; and the turnip, the carrot, and the parsnep are propagated by seed sown in drills about March.
If, instead of lining up for bologna or cucumbers, I had to choose between something called an artichoke and something called shrimp?
Artichoke is very good pizza, and for four bucks, a slice of the artichoke is a meal in itself though the sicilian margherita is a better slice.
I did a take on oysters Rockefeller, but called artichoke and pyster mushroom Rockefeller.
Also curious about the artichoke is a fact that most sites featuring information about the vegetable throw up: it's high in a carbohydrate called inulin, which is linked with excessive flatulence in some people.
The artichoke has been my icon mascot? totem? emblem? device? for some time now.