Monday, October 4, 2010
Have Blanched Your Cardoon Today?
This, dear readers, is a cardoon. It is, they tell me, edible, although I have never tried one. I bought this plant at Colonial Williamsburg as a tiny potted seedling after reading some lovely coffee table book on ornamental vegetable gardening which said something about cardoons offering wonderful vertical elements to the potager. The book forgot to mention that you must do this to your cardoon before you may eat it:
Sadly, I cut down my cardoon two weeks ago, put its dried thistles in a vase and the stalks the compost heap. And there beneath the severed stalk was a cluster of small cardoonlets. I have no idea if they are seedlings, offsets, rogue stalks, or what, but as they began to shoot up and out I figured I'd try to blanche and eat them.
Just before the first frost (or in three weeks, whichever comes first) I will free my captive cardoons, cut them down, and eat them. They better be tasty.