University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Vegetables

Artichoke, Globe (Cynara scolymus)

The edible heads are immature, unopened flower buds. Each large bud is globular, bluntly pine-cone shaped and composed of many layers of deep green bracts. The edible parts are the fleshy bases of the bracts and the center or heart to which the bracts and violet colored flower parts are attached. The plant is tall-growing, spreading, with deeply notched, pointed leaves which attach to a sturdy stem several inches in diameter.