Quarters, bottoms, hearts
Country of origin: : Italy, Spain, Egypt, Peru, Argentina
Varieties: Romanesco, C3, Blanca de Tudela, Brindisino, Catanese, Niscemese ,Baladi , Nato
Artichoke is a vegetable. The flowers develop in a large head from an edible bud with numerous triangular scales; the individual florets are purple. The edible portion of the buds consists primarily of the fleshy lower portions of the bracts and the base, known as the "heart"; the mass of immature florets in the center of the bud is called the "choke" or beard. These are inedible in older larger flowers.