Wild artichokes; medicinal plants?
Who loves you and who cares for you like Cynara? Grandmothers and mothers are wise and more when there are studies that support them. In our mission to give you the best of the best, we have gone from explorers to investigate to the last hidden place, and we have discovered the wildest artichoke of all: the globe artichoke.
How to recognize globe artichokes
Review all their characteristics:
- Baby artichokes? They are generally smaller than the farm-grown artichokes we are used to.
- As tall as the moon. They are in the form of a plant, growing up to 1.5 meters in height.
- Great personality. It has a very light-hearted, herbaceous, and deep green appearance.
- Beautiful and a little punk. It is very characteristic of its thorns and the violet flowers that sprout at the tip of the fruit.
- A little intense. Its aroma and flavor are also more potent than usual, although you will have more work to cook them since they are somewhat hard to peel.
Globe artichoke: what is its origin and where to find it
This wild artichoke comes from the Mediterranean, and although it is rare to find, it is not a threatened species.
Their wild hearts grow on uncultivated wilderness by human hands, such as dumps, abandoned orchards, and roadsides or highways. They are not difficult to find, although we can only find them abundantly on the Canary Islands in Spain.
Medicinal benefits of the globe artichoke
Although they seem to be used strictly as a miracle remedy, in reality, their benefits are not different from those of Cynara artichokes. Among the main ones are:
- As a diuretic and antioxidant
- Reduces cholesterol and lipids
- Its filling effect
- Its digestive properties
However, the base leaves are used for medicinal purposes and are very common in
derivatives and supplements.