Cynara scolymus ‘Gros Vert de Laon’ is a traditional Heirloom French globe artichoke producing the largest hearts of any artichoke. A robust architectural perennial vegetable producing large flower heads which are deep green tinged with purplewith solid hearts. The plants are easy to grow and last many years. Its Silver-green foliage and large flower heads make this an interesting plant when grown in the ornamental garden. The fleshy base of the petals and the meaty heart are the most edible parts. Buds are usually cut when 6-10cm in diameter. Vigorous and prolific plants grow up to a height of 1.8m and will produce from the second year.
Unopened flowers can be boiled and the fleshy bases eaten with hollandaise sauce or melted butter. The hearts can be baked, marinaded or fried.