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How to care for cardoons

The cardoon plant looks similar to the artichoke. Its stalks are edible after some prep work. A cardoon is stringy like celery but has a subtle taste like artichokes.

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Here are the cardoons growing in my garden. They are generally taller than artichoke plants.

Here are the cardoons growing in my garden. They are generally taller than artichoke plants.

Earwigs and their eggs seem to like living among the stalks.

Earwigs and their eggs seem to like living among the stalks.

A smaller, new shoot will have stalks that are more tender.

A smaller, new shoot will have stalks that are more tender.

Trim the leaves from each stalk.

Trim the leaves from each stalk.

Here are a bunch of cardoons ready for peeling.

Here are a bunch of cardoons ready for peeling.

Use a potato peeler or knife to remove the stringy exterior ribs.

Use a potato peeler or knife to remove the stringy exterior ribs.

Then cut each stalk into pieces.   Try tasting them uncooked.

Then cut each stalk into pieces. Try tasting them uncooked.

Add juice of half lemon and the lemon itself to a quart of water.   The acidified bath helps prevent discoloration.

Add juice of half lemon and the lemon itself to a quart of water. The acidified bath helps prevent discoloration.

I had some green garlic and spring onions that I added to some olive oil and saut\u00e9ed.

I had some green garlic and spring onions that I added to some olive oil and sautéed.

Then I added the cardoons, which were drained.  I cooked them for less than ten minutes.   I wanted them to keep their crunch.

Then I added the cardoons, which were drained. I cooked them for less than ten minutes. I wanted them to keep their crunch.

I tossed bread crumbs with the cardoons in a bowl and topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

I tossed bread crumbs with the cardoons in a bowl and topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

I served the cooked cardoons with a nearby vase of cardoon stalks. They were a distinctively earthy side dish.

  • Cardoons
  • Olive oil
  • Onions
  • Bread crumbs