Cardoon and Other Anomalies

Cardoon is a close relative of the artichoke and is huge and gorgeous.  They are both types of thistles.  The Dallas Arboretum had a lot of cardoon plants in large containers.  The young stems are edible and quite sought after in Italian cuisine.  I like the way the plant looks so much that I couldn’t bring myself to eat it.  Maybe next year.

Cardoon

 

I haven’t really had nice cucumbers for the past 5 years, so I decided to try an Asian / Armenian cucumber.  It’s very mild and really good.

Armenian Cucumber