Globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are large, architectural perennial plants, which are grown for their large edible flower buds. They are part of the thistle family.
“These things are just plain annoying. After all the trouble you go to, you get about as much actual ‘food’ out of eating an artichoke as you would from licking thirty or forty postage stamps. Have the shrimp cocktail instead.” MISS PIGGY