The artichoke is one of the world's oldest vegetables. The plant is a domesticated variety of the wild cardoon and referred to as globe artichoke or French artichoke, and sometimes cardoon. Native to northeastern Africa, artichoke is now widely cultivated for its edible receptacle we know as the artichoke heart. However, this prickly plant has benefits beyond a food source. Artichoke leaf was regarded for its healthful properties in ancient Greece and is still used by western folk herbalists today.
Cynara scolymus is a perennial member of the Asteraceae family with large, extending, deeply lobed, silvery-green leaves and many purple flowers which sit atop the receptacle. It is this fleshy base that is eaten as a vegetable and is especially popular in Mediterranean foods. This species of thistle was likely first cultivated in the times of ancient Greece and Rome and its popularity slowly spread throughout Europe and beyond. Images of artichokes have been found on ancient Egyptian papyri and altars.
Artichoke leaves contain many plant compounds and valuable nutrients which have been used for centuries in traditional European herbalism for their affinity for the liver. Artichoke leaf was also used for digestive support amongst its other beneficial qualities. Bitter artichoke leaves are typically employed in extracts, macerated in liqueurs, or infused as herbal tea.
Artichoke extract formulates well with other bitter and aromatic extracts such as dandelion root extract, chamomile extract, Oregon grape root extract, milk thistle extract, or fennel extract. Another popular method of taking artichoke tincture is adding to water or fruit juice.
Organic alcohol, water, and fresh organic artichoke leaf.
Packaging & Shipping
• 1 oz., 2 oz., and 4 oz. extracts come in amber glass bottles with a dropper.
• 8 oz. and 16 oz. sizes come in amber glass bottles with a plastic screw cap and do not include a dropper.
• 32 oz. extracts come in plastic bottles with a plastic screw cap.
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