Book VI

Theophrastus: Περὶ φυτῶν ἱστορίας – Enquiry into Plants, Bk VI

Book VI Section 4

VI 4 10

But the plant called kaktos (cardoon) grows only in Sicily, and not in Hellas. It is a plant quite different from any other; for it sends up straight from the root stems which creep on the ground, and its leaf is broad and spinous: these stems are called kaktoi; they are edible, if peeled, and are slightly bitter, and men preserve them in brine.