Where Does The Word 'Artichoke' Come From?


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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Artichoke means a Mediterranean thistle-like plant widely cultivated for its large edible flower head.

Its origin is Italian: articiocco.
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Vikash Swaroop answered
The etymology of the word artichoke is quite fascinating. It is derived from the Arabic word al-haršuf which is in turn derived from the Old Spanish word alcarchofa.

An artichoke is a kind of vegetable. It comes in three different varieties Globe, Jerusalem and Chinese. The most common kind is the Globe artichoke- which is a kind of thistle. The Jerusalem artichoke is a species of sunflower. The Chinese artichoke is a kind of woundwort.

Since the globe artichoke is prickly, owing to its sharp tipped bracts, people have often wondered whether an artichoke gets its name from some connection with choking. This is not the case.

It is derived from the word al-harsuf, which is the Arabic word for the artichoke plant. Along with several other words in Arabic, artichoke also passed in to Spanish, when the Muslims conquered Spain during the Middle Ages. Later it passed into English, where it got its present pronunciation and spelling.
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Artichokes are one of the most versatile foods in the world.

Not only do they have many culinary uses, but they are also a star among medicinal thistles.

Scientists will call artichokes by another name Cynara cardunculus.

Artichokes originated from the Mediterranean area.

You will find it logical because artichokes are the main ingredient in the cuisine of many countries near this area.

Nowadays, artichokes are popular on the global scale, although it is less common to see them in Asia.

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Aisha answered
The word "artichoke" is derived from the arabic word al-qarshuf. It then got to Spain after the Moorish invasion, where the Spanish called it alcachofa. That sounds like the Arabic word.

As the chain grew, the Italians came around and called it carciofo, which is specifically a Spanish influence on the word.

It came to the English language primarily from the French language in which it is called artichaut.

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