Image: A gardener’s weather diary
Cardoons are a fantasy dragon of a vegetable: what celery would look like if it went through the Looking Glass and ended up in Game of Thrones. Standing in a field in Devon, a few steps from Riverford Farm’s HQ, the plumes of spiky silvery-green leaves shimmering in the spring sunshine, it isn’t hard to see why they were beloved of florists and gardeners.
Guy Watson is hoping to get us eating these plant-beasts. After all, the Italians love cardoons for their artichoke-like flavour, as do the north Africans and (to a lesser extent) the French.