Vegetable or flower? I guess it depends on your point of view.
In the ornamental garden outside our neighbourhood restaurant, artichokes are grown for their lovely purple flowers, and never eaten. But in our own garden, we cut them long before their flowers can form, to enjoy as tender young vegetables.
Botanically, artichokes are a type of thistle, but unlike most of their cousins, they’re very welcome in the garden. These undemanding perennials keep on producing delicious morsels all summer long. And to my eye, the fascinating shapes and subtle hues make an artichoke’s vegetable form every bit as beautiful as its flower. Almost – though not quite – too pretty to eat.