Cardoon

cardoon

cardoon

Cardoon is a perennial celery-like looking vegetable that is closely related to globe artichoke, and is a member of the thistle family. It is prized by people from the Mediterranean countries for its unique flavor, which we think is similar to the taste of artichoke.  We have found that cardoon is usually only available in the markets around Christmas time.  Many people discard the tougher outer ribs, but we have found that they have excellent flavor, too, if you don’t mind throwing away the stringy remains, as one does with artichoke bracts (leaves).  All the ribs in this bunch are edible, as are the smaller leaves. The new growth center stalks have a frilly top which is too tough to eat and should be removed with the larger outer leaves.  The inner tender stalks can be eaten raw.  Cardoon is best prepared by boiling in soups and steaming.  We have also stir-fried cardoon in water.  See the nutritional chart below.

Previous Vegetable: http://veganvenue.org/white-cabbage/
Next Vegetable: http://veganvenue.org/carrots/

Cardoon, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt

NDB No: 11123

Nutrient Units Value per
100 grams of
edible portion
Number
of Data
Points
Std.
Error
Proximates
Water
g
93.46
0
0
Energy
kcal
22
0
0
Energy
kj
92
0
0
Protein
g
0.76
0
0
Total lipid (fat)
g
0.11
0
0
Ash
g
0.34
0
0
Carbohydrate, by difference
g
5.33
0
0
Fiber, total dietary
g
1.7
0
0
Minerals
Calcium, Ca
mg
72
0
0
Iron, Fe
mg
0.73
0
0
Magnesium, Mg
mg
43
0
0
Phosphorus, P
mg
23
0
0
Potassium, K
mg
392
0
0
Sodium, Na
mg
176
0
0
Zinc, Zn
mg
0.18
0
0
Manganese, Mn
mg
0.133
0
0
Selenium, Se
mcg
1.0
0
0
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
mg
1.7
0
0
Thiamin
mg
0.018
0
0
Riboflavin
mg
0.031
0
0
Niacin
mg
0.294
0
0
Pantothenic acid
mg
0.097
0
0
Vitamin B-6
mg
0.042
0
0
Folate, total
mcg
22
0
0
Folic acid
mcg
0
0
0
Folate, food
mcg
22
0
0
Folate, DFE
mcg_DFE
22
0
0
Vitamin B-12
mcg
0.00
0
0
Vitamin A, IU
IU
118
0
0
Vitamin A, RAE
mcg_RAE
6
0
0
Retinol
mcg
0
0
0
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated
g
0.012
0
0
16:0
g
0.010
0
0
18:0
g
0.002
0
0
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated
g
0.020
0
0
16:1 undifferentiated
g
0.000
0
0
18:1 undifferentiated
g
0.020
0
0
20:1
g
0.000
0
0
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated
g
0.044
0
0
18:2 undifferentiated
g
0.044
0
0
Cholesterol
mg
0
0
0

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 17 (2004)

About Kimberly Hosler

An ethical vegan since June 2007, Kimberly is a NYS licensed Massage Therapist & a Director at All-Creatures. She serves as the current VP of the Albany Vegan Network and is the Founder & President of the Albany Vegan Lady Gang. She also enjoys volunteering at local Farm Sanctuaries. She lives in Upstate NY with her two kitties and senior blind yorkie and she also has two grown human children.

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