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Non-GMO, heirloom Ivory White Cardoon seeds from True Leaf Market let you grow the untamed predecessor of the domesticated artichoke, either for its ornamental value or for the delicious mild artichoke flavor offered by the leaves and ivory white stems. Open-pollinated Cardoon is native to the Mediterranean, and it requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight during the day as well as fertile, well-draining nearly neutral to neutral soil for the best results.
As a vigorous grower with deep roots, Cardoon is best grown where it can have space to spread as wide as 5'. Heirloom Cardoon features beautiful purple heads, and it can be grown as a perennial in zones 6 through 9 or as an annual in zones that are colder. Mountain Valley Seed Company is known for offering premium-quality heirloom vegetable seeds, such as Ivory White Cardoon, in quantities that meet the needs of both home growers and fresh market producers. 65 days to maturity.
Ivory White Cardoon Growth Habits:
Given the right conditions, such as full sun and very fertile, well-draining soil, Cardoon can grow as tall as 4' and as wide as 5'. Like artichoke plants, Ivory White Cardoon produces a beautiful purple flower, which makes the plant a stunning ornamental perennial in zones 6 through 9. It can also be grown in colder climates as an annual.
You can start Ivory White Cardoon seeds indoors 6 to 10 weeks before your last frost date, sowing 2 to 3 seeds in 4" pot and eventually thinning down to a single Ivory White Cardoon plant. Ivory White Cardoon seeds will germinate in approximately 10 to 21 days.
Various Uses for Ivory White Cardoon:
Ivory White Cardoon has a mild artichoke flavor. The leaves and stems are typically used in salads and stews. The stems are sometimes used an item to dip into hummus. Cardoon can be sauted, braised, roasted, or boiled. Be sure to pick Cardoon leaves and stems early, as they turn bitter as they age.
Ivory White Cardoon Benefits:
Cardoon is a low-calorie food with quite a few vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
As an ornamental plant, Cardoon produces a vibrant purple flower that's attractive to pollinators.
Cardoon is native to the Mediterranean, and can be found growing wild there and in some areas of the United States. Popular in ancient Greek, Roman, and Persian cuisine, Cardoon is to this day a popular cultivated food in Southern Europe and Northwest Africa.
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