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Artichoke - Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus

Artichokes are a type of Thistle in the Asteraceae, the Sunflower family. The tender part of the bracts, the peduncle and receptacle - the disc shaped structure the the florets reside on, which is the artichoke ‘heart’ - are deliciously edible.

This one got away in the garden and wasn’t eaten in time. Isn’t that just too bad.

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