Also indexed as:Cynara scolymus, Globe Artichoke
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Common names:Globe Artichoke
Botanical names:Cynara scolymus
Parts Used & Where Grown
This large thistle-like plant is native to the regions of southern Europe, North Africa, and the Canary Islands. The leaves of the plant are used medicinally. However, the roots and the immature flower heads may also contain beneficial compounds.1
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Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)
The artichoke is one of the world's oldest medicinal plants. The ancient Egyptians placed great value on the plant--it is clearly seen in drawings involving fertility and sacrifice. Moreover, this plant was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a digestive aid. In 16th century Europe, the artichoke was favored as a food by royalty.2
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