Tenderheart Cardoon
Tenderheart Cardoon

Tenderheart Cardoon

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'Tenderheart' Cardoon Certified Naturally Grown Seed
Cynara cardunculus

Cardoon is a clump forming tender perennial with pinnatifid (spiny) silver gray leaves that develop up to twenty inches long. Purple, two to three inch flower heads will develop throughout the summer growing season.

They were first cultivated as a vegetable by the French and said to have been brought to America in the 1790s by the Quakers. A relative of the artichoke, the growing characteristics and requirements are similar. However, instead of eating the flower heads, like you do with an artichoke, the thick, fleshy leaf bases, hearts and roots are eaten. Some people tie (see image below right) and blanch by mounding with soil. They have a slightly spicy, celery-like flavor.

They should be wrapped in in paper and have dirt mounded around them to over winter in cooler climates. Harvest is enjoyed beginning in late spring to early summer.

The plants can grow over seven feet tall and make an interesting and attractive addition as an edible ornamental in your beds and gardens. With a bit of care, the plants will remain productive for at least five to seven years.

Hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 15 to 20 seeds.
Easier than artichokes!
This is a striking plant, even if you're not interested in eating it. Sort of like a bull thistle on steroids. Nice mild flavor that lends itself to dishes that you'd feature celery in. Does mimic mild artichoke flavor without all the trimming and fussing.
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