What are cardoons?
A. A vegetable related to artichokes
B. A type of sweet onion similar in shape to leeks
C. Traditional Moroccan candies made from raw sugar, almonds, and spices
D. A fennel-like herb historically used to make curative teas
Cardoons are close relatives of globe artichokes. However, only the ribs of the leaves are edible. Cardoons, like artichokes, are members of the thistle family and are similar in taste to artichoke hearts. Cardoons are among many forgotten vegetables that were very popular in America during colonial times. Many of these vegetables (which still grow in the Colonial Garden and Nursery at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia) are undergoing a resurgence thanks to farm stands and chef markets across the country.