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Flora- Scolymus hispanica, Spanish Oyster Plant

Golden thistle (Scolymus). One of the most desirable of wild greens across the Mediterranean, once its prickly leaves are stripped off, leaving the tasty shoots which you may see in the market.

leaves stripped to the middle vein for sale

It's very popular on Crete, braised with lamb or kid.

Text © Dana Facaros

Images by gailhampshire, Igor Gourevitch, Creative Commons License