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.
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.