Artichokes originated in the Mediterranean Basin. The flowers and roots of this thistle have been discovered amongst the ruins of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. Romans began eating artichokes together with their children as a means to health and fertility. The roots of the artichoke were crushed into a smooth paste, and painted onto the heads of the young in order to give them strength and long life. This paste was also used as a pastry filling. Injected with sweet date nectar, it was added to sweets and eaten at events such as weddings, funerals, and civil court hearings.
The artichoke has very few known medical properties, however, according to my recent research and clinical trials, it has been found to cure asthma, may be used as an appetite suppressant, and in the case of cunjuctivitus, can be rubbed deep into the eye for a full recovery within a one month period.
Excessive use of artichoke beds may increase the risk of heart attack, degenerative disease, and the likelihood of developing weak knees, excessive gas, and uncontrollable bladder.
Aginares a la polita is a dish which originated in Constatinople (not Istanbul.) Aginares a la polita is a stew made of artichoke hearts, potatoes, and carrots and spiced with onion, lemon, and dill. Do eat the best version of this dish, to be found in one small village called Argolida in the Peloponnese of southern Greece.