Globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus)朝鮮薊
This perennial veggie is growing for its flavorful “hearts” of flower heads/buds. It is normally hardy to Zone 6 if well mulched, and occasionally Zone 5 during mild winters. I suggest you try to protect the plants over winter because the first year buds usually small and less than the second / third year crops. You can propagate the plant from seeds or underground suckers or old stumps/dried shoots from previous year.
它是多年生的草本植物. 通常食用的部位為花苞. 它的耐寒程度還可以,溫帶Zone 5或6都可以用保護措施讓它在戶外越冬. 我覺得應該讓它越冬因為第一年種植的收成花苞較小且數量較少,所以越冬的保護工作是值得做的. 繁殖方式可用種子或側芽,或是老根枯掉的芽也可.
Remember its young tender leaves also good leafy veggie especially if you think that cooking and handling flower buds is too much work. 🙂 It likes full sun and warm location in well drained soil. It is pretty hardy and fairly low maintenance.
其嫩葉也可作為葉菜來食用不過味道不比花苞甘甜不過對於嫌吃花苞麻煩的人而言是不錯的吃法. 它喜歡全日照溫暖排水佳的環境來生長. 種植這個不太需要管理還蠻省事的.
This red artichoke is the variety you can harvest couple weeks earlier than the green ones. Some gardens said one plant in one year can grow up to 200 flower buds with good care!
這種子包的紅苞片品種的朝鮮薊它的收成期比綠色的早約2星期. 有種過朝鮮薊的人據他們的收成經驗說一株一年最高可收到200個花苞. 這樣的收成量和它的食用藥用價值又是多年生讓它很值得種植.
Usages and its flower photo see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artichoke