car·​doon | \ kär-ˈdün How to pronounce cardoon (audio) \

Definition of cardoon

: a large perennial Mediterranean plant (Cynara cardunculus) related to the artichoke and cultivated for its edible root and stalks also : the root and petioles

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Recent Examples on the Web There are stews made with cardoons and with apples or quinces in the fall, and with peaches in the late summer. Los Angeles Times, "Two Iranian American food writers talk Persian restaurant menus and home cooking," 10 Aug. 2019 This Merino sheep’s-milk cheese is from the Extremadura region of Spain and produced using the flower buds of the cardoon thistle. Molly Fitzpatrick, Bon Appetit, "The Hunt for the Stinkiest Cheese, Or, How I Tested the Bonds of Friendship," 26 Apr. 2018 Many edible plants are ornamental themselves, such as peppers, eggplants, fennel, dill, cardoon and kale. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cottage gardens can include edibles as well as ornamentals | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 If winter is mild, like our winters usually are, some kales, cardoons, carrots and celery survive and then set seeds too. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Mountain spinach might work as a perennial in the Treasure Valley," 24 Jan. 2018 Behind her home, Gouveia turned seven steeply sloped acres into a terraced demonstration farm featuring unusual edibles such as spineless nopales, pineapple guavas and cardoon (an artichoke cousin). Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Garden Goddesses tune in nature, tune out Trump-era stress," 14 July 2017 And what about kohlrabi, cardoon, pomelos, rambutan or cherimoya? Kim Boatman, The Mercury News, "Home Plates: Two terrific slaws for summer," 29 Mar. 2017 Though a little can go a long way, plants like bear's breeches (Acanthus mollis), native umbrella plant (Darmera peltata), Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica) and cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) are good candidates placed in the back of a bed. Kym Pokorny | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Create a small garden big on style and function," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of cardoon

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cardoon

French cardon, from Late Latin cardon-, cardo thistle, from cardus, from Latin carduus thistle, cardoon

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“Cardoon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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