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A cardoon sounds like a medieval article of clothing, but it's actually a thistle-like plant related to the artichoke. While it does grow a spherical artichoke-esque bulb, the cardoon's stalks are its tastiest parts and well worth the potential prickles (remember, they’re in the thistle family). Though cardoons were popular in ancient Greek, Roman and Persian cooking, in the late 19th century, the vegetable suddenly fell out of fashion. It’s time to bring it back.
Where: Cardoons require a large amount of space to grow—they can get up to six feet wide and five feet tall—and they have a long, cool growing season. They thrive in coastal areas like Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.