Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Cultural Courses

Hebrew name:

קנרס תרבותי

Scientific name:

Cynara scolymus


Asteraceae - המורכבים

Arabic name:

ח'רשף בסתאני

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perennial plant
0.9 - 1.5 m
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Artichoke is grown, in vegetable gardens and sown lands, all over Israel.
ra scolymus
Artichoke is a perennial herb from the asteraceae family. In Israel it is grows as a garden vegetable. The leaves grow as a broad rosette at the base of the stem and their color is green-gray. large flowers scalps grows out of the stems in blue –purple color. 
In the folk medicine, the artichoke is accepted as one of the herbs that help for anemia problems, as a liver cleaner and a recommended medicine for liver disease; it also helps to strengthen the digestive system. Nowadays, the artichoke is used for reducing cholesterol levels and for cleaning of the gallbladder.
For Irritable bowel syndrome, liver diseases, anemia, high cholesterol and more 
  Peel 250 g young artichokes stalks and boil them in a liter of water. Strain and drink the decoction, 3 cups per day. 
When we boil artichoke scalps for eating, it is also recommended to drink the cooked water, for the same therapeutic purposes that mentioned. Other, but less popular way is to eat peeled stems, seasoned with salt and lemon.
Moroccan Jews makes foods from the artichoke: the plant scalps are boiled in water and salt, the scalp base is cooked with meat and the stems and the fleshy leaves are mixed in the stew. 
The Artichoke is an old Cultural plant, which was known even at ancient times in Rome, Greece and the Land of Israel. Originally it has grown in the Mediterranean countries.  Maimonides points out that eating artichoke perfumes the body odor. 
The stalks are eaten fresh, for sore heart. Water that was cooked with Leaves stems and scalps of artichoke, are used as a medicine to treat anemia and liver diseases. Nowadays, it is scientifically known that artichoke encourages recovery of the liver tissue and lowers blood cholesterol levels. In the vegan medicine it is used to treat gall bladder and liver damages that was caused by toxins, alcohol or hepatitis, and for increasing urination.