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Artichoke Leaf

  • Cynara scolymus
  • Origin: Chile
Artichoke Leaf


Common Name

Standardized: artichoke
Other: cynara, globe artichoke

Botanical Name

Cynara scolymus L.
Plant Family: Asteraceae



The artichoke is one of the world's oldest vegetables. It was first grown in eastern Africa and then made its way to Europe via Egypt. Images of artichokes are found on ancient Egyptian papyri and on sacrificial altars.


Cynarin, beta-sitosterol, luteolin, stigmasterol.

Parts Used

Dried leaf, rather than the flowering buds eaten as a vegetable.

Typical Preparations

Powdered leaves made into a capsule, the dried leaf as a tea, in liquid extract form and the pressed juice of the fresh plant.


Specific: No known precautions.
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