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Posted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:14 am
by MWP admin
Hi guys,

This cultivated variety of artichoke - Cynara cardunculus at Mgarr gave me a lot to think. Should it produce the characteristic deep violet flower before fruiting. The field had 90% of the specimens in its vegetative state, and few specimens as shown here. I was wondering if hence, these are the buds or there is some variety/subsp that produce inconspicuous flowers ? (unlikely option)

Posted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:54 pm
by jackpot
I donĀ“t think so. Actually the Globes stay much longer in buds as in the Cardoons. If you do not harvest the Globe they will flower bigger in size as in the Cardoons- that is what I found...

Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:24 pm
by MWP admin
So if I understand well, these are the buds?

Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:59 pm
by jackpot
Yes, involucral bracts of the inflorescence buds. Edible parts of the bud are the fleshy lower portions of the involucral bracts and the base (heart) of the bud. The immature flowers (florets) in the center of the bud is the so-called choke which becomes inedible with age.

Posted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:24 pm
by MWP admin
Yes I understand now, I thought that they were harvested after flowering! Now it makes much more sense.