Artichoke, also known as globe artichoke, green artichoke, and French artichoke, is a perennial ...
Artichoke, also known as globe artichoke, green artichoke, and French artichoke, is a perennial thistle belonging to the Asteraceae or daisy family. Growing up to the height of 5 to 6 feet, the plant is characterized by its large, immature flower heads that are commonly consumed as a vegetable. The plant is known as Cynara Scolymus in the scientific community.
Parts Used: Leaf Certified Organic Country of Origin: Germany
Benefits and Uses
Lowering the levels of lipids in the blood
High blood pressures
Bloating and intestinal gas
Loss of appetite
As a food
Artichoke is the source of:
Polyphenols, such as chlorogenic acid and cynarin
Flavones, such as luteolin and apigenin
Sesquiterpenes, such as beta-selinene and caryophyllene
The traditional use of artichoke has mainly been that of a vegetable. It has been purportedly used as a food since the times of ancients Romans and Greeks.
Much of the known health benefits of artichoke are discovered by scientific research studies. The edible flower heads of artichoke are packed with antioxidants whereas its leaves are full of cynarin, which is known to help improve gall bladder and liver function, lower blood cholesterol levels, and stimulate the secretion of digestive juices, especially bile. Chemicals found in artichoke leaves have also been found to help with the thickening and hardening of arterial walls.
Even though people do not generally consume artichoke stems, they are also edible and taste almost the same as artichoke heart.
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