Globe artichoke has such a 'presence' in the garden that even if it was of no food or therapeutic use, it would be wonderful to grow.
The flower buds and stalks, if blanched or steamed in the 'Italian way' are just so delicious. But Globe artichoke has so much more to offer.
The antibiotic properties in the leaf and root are brilliant to treat hardening of the arteries and liver damage as well as increasing the 'flow' of cholesterol.
The huge leaves of Globe artichoke can be dried and powdered easily to use medicinally.
Germinates easily and transplants well and is very attractive to bees.
Globe artichoke is an herbaceous perennial, not an annual.
Packet of 10 seeds $3.95
Published July 6, 1988; Revised September 1, 1990
Name of Drug
Cynarae folium, artichoke leaf.
Composition of Drug
Artichoke leaf consists of the fresh or dried leaf of Cynara scolymus L. [Fam. Asteraceae], and its preparations in effective dosage.
The drug contains caffeoylquinic acid derivatives such as cynarin and bitter principles.
Known allergies to artichokes and other composites.
Obstruction of bile ducts.
In case of gallstones, use only after consultations with a physician.
Interactions with Other Drugs
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Average daily dosage:
Drug, 6 g;
Mode of Administration
Dried, cut leaves, pressed juice of fresh plant, and other galenical preparations for internal use.