Artichoke Leaf (Cynara scolymus)
This ain’t your mama’s spinach and artichoke dip. Feeling the need for a little bit ‘o’ bitter in your life? Try this new recipe out on yourself before you bring it to your next potluck: one part artichoke leaf, two parts of a day off, one part digging your toes into some fresh dirt, three parts of a deep breath, and one part feeling your roots grow deep back into the ground to where the good stuff comes from. Now stir, swallow, and remember that the recipe is just the beginning of artichoke’s great wisdom: bitterness, in the right dose, is not too bad.
As for the dirt on why, how, and when to use this herb, it’s up to you to hit the books / browsers and do a little sleuthing of your own. We’ll be here for you if you need a hand – or an herb – to hold.