Edible Thistle (Cirsium edule)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Edible Thistle
Cirsium edule

The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression[4]. No details of potential yields etc are given[K].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[95, 105, 161, 257]. The root is likely to be rich in inulin, a starch that cannot be digested by humans. This starch thus passes straight through the digestive system and, in some people, ferments to produce flatulence[K].

    Young stems – peeled and eaten raw[46, 61, 95, 105]. Soft and sweet[161], they are considered to be a luxury food[257].

    Young shoots – raw or cooked as greens[257]. Harvested in spring[257].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring or autumn in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 – 8 weeks at 20¡c.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in a sunny position[200]. A monocarpic species, it grows for a number of years without flowering but then dies after flowering[60].
Western N. America – southwards from Canada.

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