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The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus), also known by the names French artichoke and green artichoke in the U. S., is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. The budding artichoke flower-head is a cluster of many budding small flowers (an inflorescence), together with many bracts, on an edible base. Once the buds bloom, the structure changes to a coarse, barely edible form. Another variety of the same species is the cardoon, a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region. Both wild forms and cultivated varieties (cultivars) exist. Description This vegetable grows to 1. 42 m (4 ft 7 in6 ft 7 in) tall, with arching, deeply lobed, silvery, glaucous-green leaves 5083 cm (19+1232+12 in) long. The flowers develop in a large head from an edible bud about 815 cm (36 in) diameter with numerous triangular scales, the individual florets are purple. The edible portions of the buds consist primarily of the fleshy lower portions of the involucral bracts and the base, known as the heart, the mass of immature florets in the center of the bud is called the choke or beard.
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