The artichoke, in general, is one of the vegetables with more fiber content. It also has cynarin, tannins, mucilage, inulin, enzymes, sugars, flavone and vitamins A, B2 and C.
The wild artichoke flowers in July and August and grows freely in the roadside ditches, in pathways and abandoned crops. Its scientific name is “Cynara humilis” but also known as “cardo borriquero”, or others. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and could be found, endemically and thus exclusively, in southern Spain.
The white artichoke o “Cynara baetica” is very threatened by pasturage and remain in few places. Recently it was included in the Red List of Vascular Flora in Andalusia, for control and conservation. Numerous varieties exist, with different colors and size.
From this plant only tender sprouts are consumed, from the flowers. To remark that this plant has great sensibility to cold and requires intense wet and warm climate. Furthermore it's cultived in multiple locations around the world.
Of therapeutic use we have references from the egypcians, it's known that lowers the levels of glucose in the blood, favors urea's metabolism (as diuretic) and reduces cholesterol levels. Also it stimulates the liver and allows the body to release toxins while other people use it for alleviating headache, articulations and rheumatism dolour.