Globe Artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are large thistle plants native to the Mediterranean, cultivated as a delicious food source. The plant itself has beautiful foliage, with large deeply lobed silvery green leaves which can be a stunning feature in both vegetable and ornamental gardens. There is a lovely purple-green leaved variety also available. Within the plant’s spiky leaves lies a tender artichoke heart that has a delicate, slightly nutty flavour which yields a mild lingering sweetness. This heart (or globe) is the immature flower head of the plant.