The Origins of the Humble Artichoke


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.



About Miranda S. Wrightz

I breath one breath at a time, like a normal mermaid.

2 responses to “The Origins of the Humble Artichoke

  1. Hermano, I cannot thank you enough. I have been searching for years for the cure to what ails me ANO,only to stumble upon it in this educational, tastetacular, forum. All I’ve ever wanted was to find un vegetal that is conducive to the acquisition of bad knees, a weak bladder, heart and degenerative diseases, all whilst providing one with a complimentary over abundance of gaseous innards. You astound me with your research abilities, and the power to live through your obviously strenuous testing. I’d advise, though every other use is accurate and sure to enhance, one not delight of artichokes con la familia, for it leads to insubordination.
    Be in peace, stay in Greece,
    Yours, Philipe Montefiore XIV

    • Philipe, I am honored that you have found solace in this information. Although the artichoke appears to be green and spiky on the outside, it is an extraordinary vegetable with life affirming dedication. Bon apetite, mon cheri!

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