Frieda's Specialty Produce - Cardoon


What is a Cardoon?

  • Known as cardoni in Italian, Cardoon looks like very large celery stalks that are fibrous and green-gray in color. Although it resembles celery, the taste is not similar, and the leaves are not recommended for eating. Once cooked, the flavor is meaty, nutty and bittersweet. It is commonly steamed and served with a dipping sauce made with olive oil, garlic, and anchovies.

How to Eat

  • Do not eat raw. Soak and blanch before preparing to remove bittersweet flavor. Bread and fry, saute or boil. Complements fatty ingredients such as bacon, anchovies, fish, butter and cheeses.

Health Benefits

  • Cardoon is low in cholesterol and low in saturated fat.

How to Choose

  • Choose firm stalks with good color and few blemishes.

How to Store

  • Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

When are they in season?

  • Year-round

Where are they grown?

  • Product of U.S.A.