View Full Version : Artichoke - Vegetable or Flower?
05-13-2005, 05:34 PM
Can somebody settle this for me..we've been arguing about it all day. I tried to google it but most of the sites that it returns are blocked so I can't read them.
05-13-2005, 06:53 PM
From Merriam Webster:
Main Entry: ar·ti·choke
Etymology: Italian dialect articiocco, ultimately from Arabic al-khurshuf the artichoke
1 : a tall composite herb (Cynara scolymus) like a thistle with coarse pinnately incised leaves; also : its edible immature flower head which is cooked as a vegetable
So it's an edible flower.
05-13-2005, 08:13 PM
The real question about them is who was the first person who tried to eat one ever? "Hmm... I think I will try to see if there is anything good hiding in this big prickly thing." Did they have butter back then?
05-13-2005, 10:45 PM
i don't think those categories are mutually exclusive.
05-16-2005, 04:14 PM
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