Not literally!
Artichoke plant is a thistle cultivated as a food.
The edible matter is buds that form within the flower heads before the flowers come into bloom.
It is a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region.

Names of the artichoke in many European languages come from medieval Arabic Ardishoki or Al-khurshūf via late medieval Spain.
From the Mediterranean region, artichoke cultivation has reached and spread the in Italy and southern France in the early 16th century.
when artichoke appears as a new arrival with a new name, indicated an arrival of an improved cultivated variety.

It's all about the core!
Artichoke edible portion is called the heart and it's surrounded by hard leaves with thorn ends.
The edible portions of the buds consist primarily of the fleshy lower portions of the envelope, the leaves, and the base known as the "heart"; the mass of immature florets in the center of the bud is called the "choke" or beard.
By all means, and for however the way people are used to eat it around the world,  the cook has to peel it off, remove tens of spikes to extract only one heart, which is edible, yet shockingly delicious!
Which one was your favorite?
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